19th century framed Tibetan thangka depicting six-armed Mahakala - an emanation of Boddhisattva Avalokiteshvara and the leader of the dharmapalas (Defenders of the Buddhist Law). His name means “beyond time/death”, and he represents the flow of time. His crown is adorned with 5 skulls, he is wearing an elephant skin, snake belt with severed heads and is trampling on Vigneshwara (Lord of Obstacles). There are 5 dharmapalas depicted below him (three are riding their mounts), and ascetics and numerous Gelugpa monks above. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments on cotton, wonderful detailing, some expected wear, overall in great condition. Framed and glazed with non-reflective glass, old silk mounts, painting size 17x13 inches, frame size 25.25x17.5 inches.