Himalayan Art Resources

Collection of Essen, Museum der Kulturen, Basel

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"The collection of Tibetan art assembled by Hamburg theological scholar and gallery-owner Gerd-Wolfgang Essen comprises over 750 items and is one of the most famous in the world. Thanks to a generous donation by Catherine Oeri it has been in the possession of the Museum der Kulturen Basel since 1998." (See catalogue).

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Jeff Watt [updated 9-2019]

Catalogue Publications:

Tibet: Buddhas, Gods, Saints. Museum der Kulturen Basel, Switzerland. Edited by Clara B. Wilpert. In collaboration with Maria Angela Algar. With a Foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Prestel Verlag: Munich-London-New York, 2001.

Die Gotter des Himalaya. Buddhistische Kunst Tibets. (2 Volumes). Die Sammlung Gerd-Wolfgang Essen. Prestel-Verlag: Munchen, 1989.