The collection came into the possession of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in November 2000 as a gift from the Nachlasse (written legacies) of Ursula Walter from Friedrichsdorf near Bad Homburg.
The primary value of the bronze collection is teaching. With the help of the objects, the teaching content is visually deepened and the figures of the complex Hindu and Buddhist pantheon, which often appear very abstract, are explained to the students in detail.
In addition to the Ursula Walter collection, there is another collection in the Indology department. These are 360 unique watercolors commissioned by Dr. Hans Ruelius in 1975. They represent copies of certain personifications that are made of clay, used during a ritual in Sri Lanka and then destroyed. The ritual images are initially of value for research.