Early 19th century Tibetan thangka depicting historical Buddha Shakyamuni emanating rays of golden light, his right hand in bhumisparsha (earth-touching) mudra, his left hand holding an alms bowl. Central figure is surrounded by 18 of Buddha’s original disciples (2 of them are standing holding kakhara - long staff with rattle to scare off insects, and thus prevent the carrier from stepping on them) with additional figures of Boddhidharma and Budai. Right before the Buddha’s lotus throne there is a figure of a traveler carrying scriptures in his backpack and petting a tiger - most probably it represents the donor of the thangka. Blue figure above central image is primordial Buddha Vajradhara, who embodies ultimate emptiness. Lower register depicts Four Heavenly Kings who also act as Direction Guardians. They are (left to right): Virudhaka (South), Dhritarashtra (East), Virupaksha (West) and Vaishravana (North). Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments on cotton, original silk mounts, original silk gauze cloth protecting the painting from light and wear (can be seen bunched up for the purpose of photography on top of the mounts on Enlargement 2). Excellent quality painting, wonderful tranquil face, some expected wear, overall in great condition for a 200 years old devotional object. Comes from old Washington DC collection. Painting size 12.5 x 9.5 inches (31.5 x 24.5 cm), mounts 24 x 15 inches (62 x 39 cm).