There are 16,539 different media represented in our online collection (covering about 37.80% of all our objects) and this is page 1 of 473.

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 3,527 objects made with this medium which is about 1.64% of our online collection.

  • silk

    There are 3,311 objects made with this medium which is about 1.54% of our online collection.

  • linen

    There are 2,399 objects made with this medium which is about 1.12% of our online collection.

  • silver

    There are 2,238 objects made with this medium which is about 1.04% of our online collection.

  • tin-glazed earthenware, underglaze

    There are 2,000 objects made with this medium which is about 0.93% of our online collection.

  • machine-printed

    There are 1,966 objects made with this medium which is about 0.91% of our online collection.

  • glass

    There are 1,729 objects made with this medium which is about 0.80% of our online collection.

  • linen, s-spun wool

    There are 1,729 objects made with this medium which is about 0.80% of our online collection.

  • machine-printed on paper

    There are 897 objects made with this medium which is about 0.42% of our online collection.

  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash

    There are 821 objects made with this medium which is about 0.38% of our online collection.

  • printed

    There are 796 objects made with this medium which is about 0.37% of our online collection.

  • wood

    There are 708 objects made with this medium which is about 0.33% of our online collection.

  • block-printed

    There are 683 objects made with this medium which is about 0.32% of our online collection.

  • glazed earthenware

    There are 649 objects made with this medium which is about 0.30% of our online collection.

  • graphite on tracing paper

    There are 558 objects made with this medium which is about 0.26% of our online collection.

  • porcelain

    There are 513 objects made with this medium which is about 0.24% of our online collection.

  • graphite support: tracing paper

    There are 510 objects made with this medium which is about 0.24% of our online collection.

  • paper

    There are 468 objects made with this medium which is about 0.22% of our online collection.

  • lithograph on paper

    There are 460 objects made with this medium which is about 0.21% of our online collection.

  • gouache on paper

    There are 424 objects made with this medium which is about 0.20% of our online collection.

  • wool

    There are 417 objects made with this medium which is about 0.19% of our online collection.

  • offset lithograph on paper

    There are 416 objects made with this medium which is about 0.19% of our online collection.

  • block-printed on paper

    There are 414 objects made with this medium which is about 0.19% of our online collection.

  • plastic

    There are 368 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.

  • earthenware

    There are 362 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.

  • metal

    There are 357 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.

  • block-printed on handmade paper

    There are 350 objects made with this medium which is about 0.16% of our online collection.

  • silk embroidery on linen foundation

    There are 336 objects made with this medium which is about 0.16% of our online collection.

  • graphite, ruled border in graphite support: tracing paper

    There are 332 objects made with this medium which is about 0.15% of our online collection.

  • screen printed

    There are 329 objects made with this medium which is about 0.15% of our online collection.

  • offset lithography

    There are 327 objects made with this medium which is about 0.15% of our online collection.

  • silk, metallic thread

    There are 280 objects made with this medium which is about 0.13% of our online collection.

  • graphite on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite

    There are 275 objects made with this medium which is about 0.13% of our online collection.

  • brush and gouache on paper

    There are 266 objects made with this medium which is about 0.12% of our online collection.

  • brass

    There are 265 objects made with this medium which is about 0.12% of our online collection.