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Happy 15th, Himalayan Art Resources! Created by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation in 1997, the HAR website has come a long way in its mission to create a comprehensive education and research database and virtual museum of Himalayan art. It remains the only digital collection of its kind.
The Himalayan Art Resources website was established in 1997. The 15th Anniversary has actually passed as of several months ago without fanfare. At that time the HAR staff were extremely busy with new collections and cataloguing and did not have the opportunity to make announcements or celebrate.
Today, for the record, we announce our belated 15th anniversary. We have put together a list of 15 Interesting Facts about HAR and the 15 Major Improvements that have happened over the previous 15 years.
The future is bright for HAR with the participation of many more museums and private collections. Research and cataloguing is always ongoing along with many improvements for usability, search functions and the database. Tibetan and Chinese language navigation, indices and glossaries on the site are nearly complete.
Director and Chief Curator Jeff Watt has been lending his expertise to Tricycle and its readership every Thusday for almost a year now on his blog Himalayan Buddhist Art 101.