Thangkas, portable religious paintings on cloth, are part of a larger array of efficacious religious art that also includes murals, sculpture, and other portable objects. Such works served as didactic devices and aided devotees in their religious practice. The rich iconography of Buddha and Buddhist deities and the colorful images make thangkas fascinating objects to study. This exhibition features thangka paintings and other objects used by Buddhist monks and devotees from the Walter Norman Koelz Collection of Himalayan Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology.
This exhibition is part of the UM Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan. The UM Collections Collaborations series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.