- When a rug is woven in India, this is an example of a time when the provenance is India.
- When a piece of art can be traced back in history as first having been owned by a King and then by two collectors, this history of the owners is an example of the provenance of the art.
Provenance is defined as the place where something originally came or began, or a record tracing the ownership history of certain items that helps to confirm their authenticity and value.
origin; derivation; source
Origin of provenanceFrench from provenir from Classical Latin provenire, to come forth from pro-, forth + venire, to come
- Place of origin; derivation.
- a. The history of the ownership of an object, especially when documented or authenticated. Used of artworks, antiques, and books.b. The records or documents authenticating such an object or the history of its ownership.
Origin of provenanceFrench from provenant present participle of provenir to originate from Old French from Latin prōvenīre prō- forth ; see pro- 1. venīre to come ; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
- Place or source of origin.
- Many supermarkets display the provenance of their food products.
- (archaeology) The place and time of origin of some artifact or other object. See Usage note below.
- This spear is of Viking provenance.
- (art) The history of ownership of a work of art
- The picture is of royal provenance.
- (computing) The copy history of a piece of data, or the intermediate pieces of data utilized to compute a final data element, as in a database record or web site (data provenance)
- (computing) The execution history of computer processes which were utilized to compute a final piece of data (process provenance)
- (of a person) Background; history; place of origin; ancestry.
- The term provenience in archaeology has largely replaced provenance because provenience is restricted to in situ location at the date of archaeological discovery rather than the "origin-to-present" chain of custody details of proper provenance as is customarily used by historians, museums, and commercial entities.