18th century Tibetan thangka in original mounts depicting Vajradhara seated on a lotus throne holding vajras in his crossed hands, sun and moon among clouds behind him and a pile of offerings in front of the throne. Rather rare icon, Vajradhara (Dorje Chang in Tibetan), whose name means "Ruler of the Vajra Beings”, is the ultimate primordial Buddha, or Adi Buddha, according to the Sakya, Gelug and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is depicted as dark blue in color, expressing the quintessence of buddhahood itself, achieving the 'state of Vajradhara' is synonymous with complete realization, and is thought to be the supreme essence of all male Buddhas embodying void and ultimate emptiness. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments on cotton, excellent quality painting, wonderful tranquil face, some expected wear, overall in great condition for a 200 plus years old devotional object. Old paper label with what looks like Tibetan inscription on the back (see detail on Enlargemrnt 6). Comes from old Washington DC collection. Painting size 15.5 x 9.75 inches (39 x 25 cm), mounts 31 x 15 inches (79 x 38 cm).