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Use all A* codes for: specialist and general adult titles, including both highly illustrated and more text-based works. For a hobby or recreational approach, prefer a WF* code as the main subject and supplement with A* code(s) where appropriate. Use all A* codes with: other subject categories and qualifiers as appropriate, in particular STYLE 6*, plus PLACE 1* and TIME PERIOD 3* Qualifiers
|AF||The Arts: art forms
Use for: works on the fine, visual and applied arts. Use all AF* codes with: the relevant AG* code(s), AGA for History of art and artworks, AGZ for specialist works about technique, and STYLE Qualifiers 6* as appropriate.
Prefer: WF* codes as the main subject for more amateur, hobby or recreational approaches
|AFK||Non-graphic and electronic art forms
Use for: general works on non-graphic forms of art, or art using forms not listed below, including newer forms of media
Class here: statues, figurines, monumental sculpture. Use for: works about three-dimensional art made in any material, and for works about the art form, or associated traditions and techniques
|AFKC||Carvings, masks, reliefs
Class here: petroglyphs, small-scale and monumental carvings. Use for: both the technique and works about specific carved objects or carved designs in any material
|AFKG||Precious metal, precious stones and jewellery: artworks and design
Class here: gold and silversmithing, Fabergé, etc.
See also: WFJ Jewellery and beadcrafts, WCP Antiques, vintage and collectables: jewellery, WCR Antiques, vintage and collectables: gold, silver and other metals (other than jewellery), WFP Decorative metalwork
Class here: land art, site-specific art, environmental art
|AFKV||Digital, video and new media arts
Class here: computer, electronic, holographic, virtual, cyborg, interactive, internet, generative, telematic, sound and evolutionary arts.
See also: UG* Graphical and digital media applications and its subcategories
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