Early 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting Agni on his mount - a ram, and holding a pot of water in one hand and rosary beads in the other. Very uncommon image: Agni was initially the God of fire in Hinduism (see the pit of flames that the ram is running on), but was incorporated into Buddhism as one of the twelve Devas (guardian deities found in or around Buddhist shrines) and is considered to be the guardian of the Southeast. Inscribed with 5 characters on the back (see detail). Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments and gold on cotton, currently without mounts. Excellent quality painting, wonderful tranquil face, some expected wear, overall in great condition for a 200 years old devotional painting. Comes from old Washington DC collection. Size 10 x 7 7/8 inches (25.5 x20 cm).