Good Information follows: The Jokhang owns a large and very important collection of about eight hundred metal sculptures, in addition to thousands of painted scrolls known as thangkas. The statues are hidden away in temples closed to the public and access is almost impossible. During numerous visits to the Jokhang between 1980 and 1996, Ulrich von Schroeder managed to take photographs of about five hundred metal statues of interest. Among them are some extremely rare and important brass and copper statues originating from Kashmir, Northern India, Nepal, Tibet, and China. However, the most important statues of the Jo khang collection are those that date back to the Yar lung dynasty (7th–9th century).
Taking photographs of art objects inside the Jokhang is very difficult if not outright impossible. To facilitate access for all scholars to a large number of photographs of Buddhist statues in the Jokhang collections, Ulrich von Schroeder has attached a DVD to each copy of his book: 108 Buddhist Statues in Tibet (2008). This DVD contains digital photographs of the 108 illustrated statues and of the 307 most important Buddhist sculptures in the collection of the Jokhang, previously published in Buddhist Sculptures in Tibet (2001). The DVD includes in addition digital photographs of some 108 previously unpublished sculptures of the collection of the Jo khang/Lhasa gTsug lag khang. These statues are published in Jokhang – Tibet’s Most Sacred Buddhist Temple (2010). In total the DVD contains digital photographs of 523 Buddhist statues, including 411 Jokhang sculpture. The DVD is public domain and the digital pictures can be downloaded free of charge by anyone.