Early 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting 6-armed Bhuddist dharmapala Hayagriva easily recognizable by 3 horse heads in his crown. He is considered to be the terrific form of Avalokiteshvara and thus the archetype of fierce compassion. He is holding various implements in his hands and trampling on numerous snakes, there are 3 lamas depicted above (the central one being Tsonkhapa), and 3 deities (White Tara, Begtse and Green Tara) below. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments on cotton, original Chinese silk brocade mounts, upper and lower sticks are absent. Wonderful quality painting, rare icon, some expected wear, overall in great condition for a 200 years old devotional painting. Comes from old Washington DC collection. Painting size 12.5x10 inches (32x25.5 cm), mounts 24x15 inches (60x37.5 cm).