Rare 19th century Sino-Tibetan thangka depicting eight armed Goddess Maha Pratisara seated on a lotus throne and holding various weapons, with Boddhisattva Manjushri depicted above her. Pratisara is one of the Five Pancha Rakshas - a group of five female deities that are the personifications of five early Buddhist sutras. She is radiating rays of light and is depicted with three eyes in each of her four faces: her white face looking straight is human, yellow, red and green faces are that of a sow. She holds in her hands a flaming sword, a trident, an arrow, the Wheel of the Law, a vajra, an axe, a bow and a lasso. Manjushri is holding a sword representing the realization of transcendent wisdom which cuts down ignorance, and Prajnaparamita Sutra. Superb quality painting with natural mineral pigments on cotton, extraordinary detailing - see her face, fingernails, textile patterns in gold paint and a basket of offerings in front of her. Inscribed with two lines of Tibetan characters on the back. Very uncommon icon, some expected wear, no mounts, overall in great condition for a 200 years old devotional painting. Comes from old Washington DC collection. Size 11 x 8 inches (28 x 20.5 cm).