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Himalaya

The Berti Aschmann Collection of Buddhist Art from the Himalaya is a jewel in the Museum's holdings. Assembled over a period of forty years by the Zurich collector Ms. Berti Aschmann, it entered the Museum in 1995 and is exhibited in its entirety in the Villa Wesendonck.

It includes 144 bronzes and twelve thangkas, providing a comprehensive picture of the development of Buddhist bronze sculpture in India, Nepal, and Tibet. The earliest pieces come from the Swat valley in modern day Pakistan and date to the 7th century. They are followed by bronzes from Kashmir, from India's Pala dynasty, and from Nepal. The main body of the collection consists of Tibetan sculptures from the 11th to the 18th centuries. It also includes fourteen exquisite so-called Tibeto-Chinese bronzes, religious images produced in China during the 15th century under the influence of Tibet.

Our generous donor Berti Aschmann passed away in 2005.

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