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 2,994 objects made with this medium which is about 1.75% of our online collection.
  • silk There are 2,737 objects made with this medium which is about 1.60% of our online collection.
  • linen There are 2,129 objects made with this medium which is about 1.25% of our online collection.
  • silver There are 1,983 objects made with this medium which is about 1.16% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed There are 1,867 objects made with this medium which is about 1.09% of our online collection.
  • glass There are 1,692 objects made with this medium which is about 0.99% of our online collection.
  • printed There are 874 objects made with this medium which is about 0.51% of our online collection.
  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash There are 821 objects made with this medium which is about 0.48% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed on paper There are 775 objects made with this medium which is about 0.45% of our online collection.
  • block-printed There are 729 objects made with this medium which is about 0.43% of our online collection.
  • wood There are 724 objects made with this medium which is about 0.42% of our online collection.
  • porcelain There are 716 objects made with this medium which is about 0.42% of our online collection.
  • tin-glazed earthenware, underglaze There are 623 objects made with this medium which is about 0.36% of our online collection.
  • glazed earthenware There are 550 objects made with this medium which is about 0.32% of our online collection.
  • graphite support: tracing paper There are 519 objects made with this medium which is about 0.30% of our online collection.
  • graphite on tracing paper There are 512 objects made with this medium which is about 0.30% of our online collection.
  • gouache on paper There are 420 objects made with this medium which is about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • earthenware There are 417 objects made with this medium which is about 0.24% of our online collection.
  • block-printed on handmade paper There are 388 objects made with this medium which is about 0.23% of our online collection.
  • lithograph on paper There are 375 objects made with this medium which is about 0.22% of our online collection.
  • wool There are 350 objects made with this medium which is about 0.20% of our online collection.
  • offset lithograph on paper There are 348 objects made with this medium which is about 0.20% of our online collection.
  • metal There are 345 objects made with this medium which is about 0.20% of our online collection.
  • silk embroidery on linen foundation There are 334 objects made with this medium which is about 0.20% of our online collection.
  • graphite, ruled border in graphite support: tracing paper There are 332 objects made with this medium which is about 0.19% of our online collection.
  • screen printed There are 324 objects made with this medium which is about 0.19% of our online collection.
  • velvet There are 315 objects made with this medium which is about 0.18% of our online collection.
  • offset lithography There are 305 objects made with this medium which is about 0.18% of our online collection.
  • bronze There are 288 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.
  • paper There are 284 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.
  • graphite on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite There are 274 objects made with this medium which is about 0.16% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed, mica, liquid There are 266 objects made with this medium which is about 0.16% of our online collection.
  • graphite; ruled border in graphite support: tracing paper There are 265 objects made with this medium which is about 0.16% of our online collection.
  • block-printed on paper There are 252 objects made with this medium which is about 0.15% of our online collection.
  • brush and gouache on paper There are 251 objects made with this medium which is about 0.15% of our online collection.
  • other There are 241 objects made with this medium which is about 0.14% of our online collection.