18th century Tibetan thangka in original mounts depicting Begtse standing on a lotus throne trampling on the corpses of horses and humans, brandishing a sword, supporting a lance and a bow and devouring a human heart. Rather rare icon, Beg-tse (also called Jamsaran) is a dharmapala (the Defender of the Buddhist Law) and the Lord of War, in origin a pre-Buddhist war god of the Mongols - his name means “hidden coat of mail”. He has red skin and orange-red hair, two arms (as opposed to other Mahākālas, who have four or six), three blood-shot eyes and wears a crown of five skulls. An awesome flaming halo at his back, sun and moon among clouds behind him. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments on cotton, excellent quality painting, wonderful wrathful face, some expected wear, overall in great condition for a 200 plus years old devotional object. Comes from old Washington DC collection. Painting size 17 x 12.5 inches (44 x 31 cm), mounts 33.5 x 18 inches (85 x 46 cm).