The Jowo Shakyamuni

This is a picture of "Precious Lord" Shakyamuni (Tib. jo bo shAkya mu ni) during a regilding ceremony at the Rasa Trülnang (Jokhang) Temple, in Lhasa, Tibet, PRC, in 2006. The Jowo represents an example of the kind of object that the local government of Lhasa and the PRC has labeled a "cultural relic" that now needs to be "preserved" by the State.

Cameron Warner