HAR: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have a painting (sculpture) from the Himalayas and I can't identify the subject. Can you help?

A: If you send us a digitized image we will try our best to identify the subject and direct you to similar artworks on the web site.

Q: Can you tell me the value of my artwork?

A: We cannot appraise or date any artwork. Please contact The American Society of Appraisers within the USA, or any reputable appraisal service.

Q: Do you buy or sell art?

A: No! We do not buy or sell any art. Himalayan Art Resources Inc. is an educational resource registered as a not for profit 501 (c) (3) organization in the United States.

Q: Why can I not view some of the images on your site?

A: While normal web pages run on port 80 of a web server (a port being a numeric doorway to a server, generally indicating the type of data to be viewed), our image server runs on port 8087. Normally this is not a problem, but some organizations block access because it is not a standard for normal Internet browsing. Please contact your network administrator to request access to port 8087 of our site.

Q: What system of romanization is used for Sanskrit and Tibetan words?

A: Please see the Romanization Key: A Note on the Romanization of Sanskrit and Tibetan Language - romanization.pdf. Text formatted for Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Q: Why are there such differences in image quality between the various collections?

A: Some collections have been scanned from large 8x10 film transparencies; images from other collections were created with low resolution digital cameras and some were scanned from slide film. This has created inconsistencies of image quality among the various collections.

Q: I would like to use an image from the archive for publication purposes. Who do I contact?

A: The Rights & Reproductions department for each museum, foundation, institution or society must be approached to obtain permission to use an image for any purpose.

Requests to use images from any of the private collections should be directed to info@himalayanart.org and they will be forwarded to the appropriate collection.

[Updated 11-2016]

Teacher (Lama): (multiple figures)
Teacher (Lama)
(multiple figures)