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 2,963 objects made with this medium which is about 1.77% of our online collection.
  • silk There are 2,708 objects made with this medium which is about 1.62% of our online collection.
  • linen There are 2,122 objects made with this medium which is about 1.27% of our online collection.
  • silver There are 1,983 objects made with this medium which is about 1.18% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed There are 1,878 objects made with this medium which is about 1.12% of our online collection.
  • glass There are 1,693 objects made with this medium which is about 1.01% of our online collection.
  • printed There are 1,005 objects made with this medium which is about 0.60% of our online collection.
  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash There are 773 objects made with this medium which is about 0.46% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed on paper There are 759 objects made with this medium which is about 0.45% of our online collection.
  • block-printed There are 739 objects made with this medium which is about 0.44% of our online collection.
  • wood There are 720 objects made with this medium which is about 0.43% of our online collection.
  • porcelain There are 713 objects made with this medium which is about 0.43% of our online collection.
  • tin-glazed earthenware, underglaze There are 623 objects made with this medium which is about 0.37% of our online collection.
  • glazed earthenware There are 550 objects made with this medium which is about 0.33% of our online collection.
  • graphite support: tracing paper There are 511 objects made with this medium which is about 0.31% of our online collection.
  • graphite on tracing paper There are 447 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 0.25% of our online collection.
  • earthenware There are 419 objects made with this medium which is about 0.25% of our online collection.
  • block-printed on handmade paper There are 381 objects made with this medium which is about 0.23% of our online collection.
  • wool There are 346 objects made with this medium which is about 0.21% of our online collection.
  • metal There are 343 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 0.20% of our online collection.
  • silk embroidery on linen foundation There are 328 objects made with this medium which is about 0.20% of our online collection.
  • screen printed There are 323 objects made with this medium which is about 0.19% of our online collection.
  • velvet There are 316 objects made with this medium which is about 0.19% of our online collection.
  • lithograph on paper There are 303 objects made with this medium which is about 0.18% of our online collection.
  • offset lithograph on paper There are 295 objects made with this medium which is about 0.18% of our online collection.
  • bronze There are 286 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.
  • offset lithography There are 280 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.
  • brush and gouache on paper There are 252 objects made with this medium which is about 0.15% of our online collection.
  • etching on off-white laid paper There are 247 objects made with this medium which is about 0.15% of our online collection.
  • block-printed on paper There are 245 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.