The Koelz Collection of Himalayan Art


This website features a portion of the important collection of Himalayan and South Asian objects made by Walter Norman Koelz and Thakur Rup Chand in travels in the region in the early 1930s. Here we present a subset of more than 500 objects from the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology Koelz Collection. These include: intricate tapestry weave shawls made in Kashmir and embroidered phulkari textiles from western India; an important collection of Western Himalayan tangka paintings; several small portable sculptures, a group of metal (brass, copper, silver) ga'u or Buddhist amulet boxes and other metal objects; jewelry, and an array of wooden objects, including bread molds, printing blocks, seals and stamps, among others.