About this exhibit

This exhibition features a portion of the important collection of Himalayan and South Asian objects made by Walter Norman Koelz in his travels in the region in the 1930s and 1940s. We present a subset of the nearly 600 objects in the Museum of Anthropology Koelz Collection, including: intricate tapestry weave shawls made in Kashmir; the important collection of Western Himalayan tangka paintings; a group of metal (brass, copper, silver) ga'u or Buddhist amulet boxes; and an array of wooden objects, including bread molds, printing blocks, seals and stamps, among others.