Media (or medium) describes the materials used in the creation of a work. The specificity of terms used often reflects when the object was collected and in what curatorial department the object resides. Different curatorial departments use descriptive terms in different ways. Over time, this creates tremendous diversity in the vocabulary that appears in collection records. We are currently working to reconcile these differences.

  • cotton There are 3,027 objects made with this medium which is about 1.90% of our online collection.
  • silk There are 2,765 objects made with this medium which is about 1.74% of our online collection.
  • linen There are 2,160 objects made with this medium which is about 1.36% of our online collection.
  • silver There are 2,054 objects made with this medium which is about 1.29% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed There are 1,864 objects made with this medium which is about 1.17% of our online collection.
  • glass There are 1,719 objects made with this medium which is about 1.08% of our online collection.
  • printed There are 845 objects made with this medium which is about 0.53% of our online collection.
  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash There are 821 objects made with this medium which is about 0.52% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed on paper There are 811 objects made with this medium which is about 0.51% of our online collection.
  • wood There are 735 objects made with this medium which is about 0.46% of our online collection.
  • block-printed There are 733 objects made with this medium which is about 0.46% of our online collection.
  • porcelain There are 729 objects made with this medium which is about 0.46% of our online collection.
  • tin-glazed earthenware, underglaze There are 628 objects made with this medium which is about 0.40% of our online collection.
  • glazed earthenware There are 594 objects made with this medium which is about 0.37% of our online collection.
  • graphite support: tracing paper There are 519 objects made with this medium which is about 0.33% of our online collection.
  • graphite on tracing paper There are 513 objects made with this medium which is about 0.32% of our online collection.
  • lithograph on paper There are 433 objects made with this medium which is about 0.27% of our online collection.
  • earthenware There are 433 objects made with this medium which is about 0.27% of our online collection.
  • gouache on paper There are 420 objects made with this medium which is about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • block-printed on handmade paper There are 388 objects made with this medium which is about 0.24% of our online collection.
  • offset lithograph on paper There are 371 objects made with this medium which is about 0.23% of our online collection.
  • wool There are 369 objects made with this medium which is about 0.23% of our online collection.
  • silk embroidery on linen foundation There are 337 objects made with this medium which is about 0.21% of our online collection.
  • offset lithography There are 336 objects made with this medium which is about 0.21% of our online collection.
  • graphite, ruled border in graphite support: tracing paper There are 332 objects made with this medium which is about 0.21% of our online collection.
  • metal There are 331 objects made with this medium which is about 0.21% of our online collection.
  • screen printed There are 326 objects made with this medium which is about 0.21% of our online collection.
  • silk; tempera There are 326 objects made with this medium which is about 0.21% of our online collection.
  • velvet There are 315 objects made with this medium which is about 0.20% of our online collection.
  • paper There are 314 objects made with this medium which is about 0.20% of our online collection.
  • bronze There are 292 objects made with this medium which is about 0.18% of our online collection.
  • graphite on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite There are 274 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.
  • graphite; ruled border in graphite support: tracing paper There are 265 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed, mica, liquid There are 263 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.
  • block-printed on paper There are 257 objects made with this medium which is about 0.16% of our online collection.
  • brush and gouache on paper There are 255 objects made with this medium which is about 0.16% of our online collection.