Late 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting Vajrabhairava - the conqueror of the Lord of Death - with his 9 heads, 34 arms and 16 legs. He is holding various implements in his hands and trampling on numerous humans, animals and demons, thus symbolizing the victory of Vajrayana over phenomenal existence. There are deities surrounding him, the lower left being Yama - the Lord of Death - on a bull attended by his sister Yami. Beautifully painted with mineral pigments on cotton, original Chinese silk brocade mounts, upper and lower sticks are absent. Very nice quality painting, rare icon, some expected wear, overall in great condition. Comes from old Washington DC collection. Painting size 11x8.75 inches (28.5x22.5 cm), mounts 27x14 inches (69x35 cm).