Very rare early 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting the unusual White manifestation of 6-armed Bhuddist dharmapala Hayagriva. His more common manifestation is Red attesting to his nature as a wrathful form of Avalokiteshvara and thus the archetype of fierce compassion. He is easily recognizable by 3 horse heads in his crown, shown wearing a tiger skin apron and a long necklace of human heads, holding various implements in his hands. Hayagriva”s special ability is to cure diseases, especially skin diseases even as serious as leprosy, which is said to be caused by nagas (snakes), so he is shown trampling on numerous snakes. Great 14th century Tibetan teacher Tsongkhapa with two disciples recognizable by their Gelugpa sect yellow hats is depicted above, and White Tara and Green Tara below. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments on cotton, excellent quality painting, gold pigment used for his body and highlights. Rare icon, some expected wear, pasted onto a 19th century book cover, overall in great condition for a 200 years old devotional painting. Comes from old Washington DC collection. Size 6 3/4 x 5 (17 x13.6 cm).