Early 19th century Tibetan / Mongolian thangka depicting Tserendug - the White Old Man - Lord of the earth and water, protector of all living things. Rare icon, Tserendug as the patron of the plant and animal world is one of the ancient chthonic deities incorporated into Buddhist iconography and is associated with Buddha Amitayus. He is shown seated on a lotus throne wearing a white robe and holding a staff with a dragon's head and a scroll, distant mountains, sun and moon among clouds behind him. Beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments on cotton, excellent quality painting, wonderful tranquil face, some expected wear, late 19th century cotton mounts, overall in great condition for a 200 years old devotional object. Comes from old Washington DC collection. Painting size 13.75 x 11 inches (34 x 27 cm), mounts 26 x 16 inches (66 x 41 cm).