How to search the collection
Start with the Quick Search field in the left sidebar. You can type an artist name, date, medium, object type, accession number, etc. For example, typing "ceramic" will return all ceramic objects in our collection.
Refine your results
You can refine your search results by checking the "Search Within Results" checkbox in the gray box at the top of the results page.
For example, if you'd like to search for a Korean scroll with calligraphy, you can first search for "Korean scroll" in the Quick Search box. Once the results appear, you can then check the "Search Within Results" checkbox, type "calligraphy" in the search box, and click the search button. This will narrow your search results down to all of the Korean scrolls with calligraphy.
Sort your results
You can sort the objects in the results page by title, artist, date, and accession number. To do so, click on the relevant header in the results table and the results will be re-sorted in alphabetical or numerlogical order.
By default, search results are sorted alphabetically by title.
For more advanced searching, click on the "Advanced Search" link under "Search" in the navigational menu in the left sidebar.
Spelling matters If you are unsure of how to spell an artist's name or object title, use an asterisk (*). For example, if you're unsure how to correctly spell the artist's name, entering "George Gros*" will return objects in the collection by George Grosz.
Be as precise as possible General search terms like "19th century" will only return results where the exact phrase "19th century" appears in the date field or elsewhere in the extended content. Similarly, a search for a date ranges like "1800-1899" is unlikely to return any results. However a search for "1874" or even "187*" will return results of works created in 1874 or the 1870s, respectively.
Zoom in on images Many of the images can be made larger on your screen and can be examined more closely. On an object page, try clicking on an image or try clicking the "Enlarge image" button. A new window will open up with tools to zoom and pan across the image. Please note, due to copyright restrictions, not all of the images have this feature available.