About the Exhibit
In many ways, this is the most important exhibition in the museum. Himalayan Art is unique and beautiful but draws on history, legends, traditions, and methods often unfamiliar to Western viewers. This exhibition walks you through the basics: the difference between Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the meaning of the different postures and hand gestures, the common compositions of paintings. Time invested here pays off in the rest of the museum and through the city's other major collections of Himalayan Art.