Late 18th to early 19th century Tibetan thangka in original mounts depicting Vaishravana (Kubera) - one of the Four Great Kings and the Guardian of the North. He is also worshipped as the God of Wealth and the promoter of prosperity. He is sitting on a lion standing on a lotus throne, and in his left hand he is holding his usual companion - a jewel-spouting mongoose, symbolizing the deliverance of living beings from poverty. Central figure is surrounded by his eight attendants, the Ashvapatis (riders), protectors of the Eight Directions. Above Vaishravana there is a figure of Vighnantaka who removes all the obstacles on the way to prosperity. Vaishravana is flanked by 2 storehouses filled with gems. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments on cotton, excellent quality painting, some expected wear, overall in great condition for a 200 plus years old devotional object. Comes from old Washington DC collection. Painting size 18 x 15 inches (46 x 37 cm), mounts 35 x 19 inches (90 x 49 cm).