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 2,923 objects made with this medium which is about 1.79% of our online collection.
  • silk There are 2,679 objects made with this medium which is about 1.64% of our online collection.
  • linen There are 2,079 objects made with this medium which is about 1.27% of our online collection.
  • silver There are 1,964 objects made with this medium which is about 1.20% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed There are 1,903 objects made with this medium which is about 1.16% of our online collection.
  • glass There are 1,666 objects made with this medium which is about 1.02% of our online collection.
  • printed There are 1,010 objects made with this medium which is about 0.62% of our online collection.
  • pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash There are 773 objects made with this medium which is about 0.47% of our online collection.
  • block-printed There are 747 objects made with this medium which is about 0.46% of our online collection.
  • machine-printed on paper There are 722 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 0.44% of our online collection.
  • porcelain There are 704 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 0.38% of our online collection.
  • glazed earthenware There are 548 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.
  • gouache on paper There are 420 objects made with this medium which is about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • earthenware There are 419 objects made with this medium which is about 0.26% of our online collection.
  • block-printed on handmade paper There are 382 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 344 objects made with this medium which is about 0.21% of our online collection.
  • graphite on tracing paper There are 343 objects made with this medium which is about 0.21% 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 327 objects made with this medium which is about 0.20% of our online collection.
  • velvet There are 316 objects made with this medium which is about 0.19% of our online collection.
  • bronze There are 287 objects made with this medium which is about 0.18% of our online collection.
  • offset lithography There are 281 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% of our online collection.
  • graphite on tracing paper, ruled border in graphite There are 275 objects made with this medium which is about 0.17% 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.
  • offset lithograph on paper There are 249 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 0.15% of our online collection.
  • block-printed on paper There are 239 objects made with this medium which is about 0.15% of our online collection.
  • graphite There are 232 objects made with this medium which is about 0.14% of our online collection.
  • brass There are 220 objects made with this medium which is about 0.13% of our online collection.
  • silk, metallic There are 205 objects made with this medium which is about 0.13% of our online collection.