For image database applications it is desirable that functions such as searching, browsing and partial recall be done without the need to totally decompress the image. This has the advantage of alleviating possible burden and degradation that the network may suffer. Edge images derived from wavelet-compressed images are considered as index that can be queried by example. Zernike moment invariants are used as descriptors for the index edge image and the query sketch image. The descriptions are compared for the purpose of database searching. The query images were allowed to undergo translation, rotation, scaling and some deformation. Simulation results gave 90% recognition rate.