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 3,130 objects made with this medium which is about 2.08% of our online collection.
  • silk There are 3,031 objects made with this medium which is about 2.01% of our online collection.
  • linen There are 2,205 objects made with this medium which is about 1.46% of our online collection.
  • silver There are 2,128 objects made with this medium which is about 1.41% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed There are 1,885 objects made with this medium which is about 1.25% of our online collection.
  • glass There are 1,726 objects made with this medium which is about 1.15% of our online collection.
  • silk; tempera There are 1,434 objects made with this medium which is about 0.95% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed on paper There are 909 objects made with this medium which is about 0.60% of our online collection.
  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash There are 863 objects made with this medium which is about 0.57% of our online collection.
  • printed There are 762 objects made with this medium which is about 0.51% of our online collection.
  • porcelain There are 753 objects made with this medium which is about 0.50% of our online collection.
  • wood There are 740 objects made with this medium which is about 0.49% of our online collection.
  • block-printed There are 723 objects made with this medium which is about 0.48% of our online collection.
  • tin-glazed earthenware, underglaze There are 621 objects made with this medium which is about 0.41% of our online collection.
  • glazed earthenware There are 605 objects made with this medium which is about 0.40% of our online collection.
  • graphite support: tracing paper There are 517 objects made with this medium which is about 0.34% of our online collection.
  • graphite on tracing paper There are 512 objects made with this medium which is about 0.34% of our online collection.
  • earthenware There are 449 objects made with this medium which is about 0.30% of our online collection.
  • lithograph on paper There are 431 objects made with this medium which is about 0.29% of our online collection.
  • paper There are 420 objects made with this medium which is about 0.28% of our online collection.
  • offset lithograph on paper There are 397 objects made with this medium which is about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • block-printed on handmade paper There are 393 objects made with this medium which is about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • wool There are 380 objects made with this medium which is about 0.25% 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.
  • offset lithography There are 334 objects made with this medium which is about 0.22% of our online collection.
  • metal There are 332 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.
  • screen printed There are 329 objects made with this medium which is about 0.22% of our online collection.
  • bronze There are 291 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 270 objects made with this medium which is about 0.18% of our online collection.
  • plastic There are 265 objects made with this medium which is about 0.18% of our online collection.
  • graphite; ruled border in graphite support: tracing paper There are 265 objects made with this medium which is about 0.18% 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 253 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 0.17% of our online collection.