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 3,110 objects made with this medium which is about 2.02% of our online collection.
  • silk There are 2,914 objects made with this medium which is about 1.90% of our online collection.
  • linen There are 2,179 objects made with this medium which is about 1.42% of our online collection.
  • silver There are 2,056 objects made with this medium which is about 1.34% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed There are 1,877 objects made with this medium which is about 1.22% of our online collection.
  • glass There are 1,725 objects made with this medium which is about 1.12% of our online collection.
  • silk; tempera There are 1,210 objects made with this medium which is about 0.79% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed on paper There are 837 objects made with this medium which is about 0.54% of our online collection.
  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash There are 821 objects made with this medium which is about 0.53% of our online collection.
  • printed There are 766 objects made with this medium which is about 0.50% of our online collection.
  • porcelain There are 753 objects made with this medium which is about 0.49% of our online collection.
  • wood There are 739 objects made with this medium which is about 0.48% of our online collection.
  • block-printed There are 729 objects made with this medium which is about 0.47% of our online collection.
  • tin-glazed earthenware, underglaze There are 628 objects made with this medium which is about 0.41% of our online collection.
  • glazed earthenware There are 618 objects made with this medium which is about 0.40% of our online collection.
  • graphite support: tracing paper There are 519 objects made with this medium which is about 0.34% of our online collection.
  • graphite on tracing paper There are 514 objects made with this medium which is about 0.33% of our online collection.
  • earthenware There are 451 objects made with this medium which is about 0.29% of our online collection.
  • lithograph on paper There are 430 objects made with this medium which is about 0.28% of our online collection.
  • offset lithograph on paper There are 395 objects made with this medium which is about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • block-printed on handmade paper There are 391 objects made with this medium which is about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • wool There are 373 objects made with this medium which is about 0.24% of our online collection.
  • offset lithography There are 340 objects made with this medium which is about 0.22% of our online collection.
  • silk embroidery on linen foundation There are 336 objects made with this medium which is about 0.22% of our online collection.
  • graphite, ruled border in graphite support: tracing paper There are 332 objects made with this medium which is about 0.22% of our online collection.
  • paper There are 331 objects made with this medium which is about 0.22% of our online collection.
  • metal There are 331 objects made with this medium which is about 0.22% of our online collection.
  • screen printed There are 330 objects made with this medium which is about 0.21% of our online collection.
  • bronze There are 292 objects made with this medium which is about 0.19% of our online collection.
  • velvet There are 285 objects made with this medium which is about 0.19% of our online collection.
  • graphite on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite There are 274 objects made with this medium which is about 0.18% of our online collection.
  • block-printed on paper There are 268 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 258 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.
  • brush and gouache on paper There are 255 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.
  • other There are 249 objects made with this medium which is about 0.16% of our online collection.