Early 19th century Tibetan thangka depicting Bodhisattva Amoghapasha - a 3-faced and 4-armed manifestation of Avalokiteśvara. Amoghapasha by itself is a rare image, it is more common in mandala format. Its name means “unfailing lasso” and refers to an unfailing compassion like a lasso which brings all sentient beings out of suffering and into a state of happiness leading to enlightenment. It is seated on a lotus throne, its hands are holding a lasso, a pink lotus and a trident. 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 pulled 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 7.75 x 6.25 inches (19.5 x 15.5 cm), mounts 16.5 x 12 inches (42 x 31 cm).