Very rare late 18th - early 19th century framed Tibetan thangka depicting arhat Kanaka Bharadvaja - one of the 16 original disciples of the historical Buddha - seated on a lotus dais with his hands in dhyanamudra - mudra of concentration. He is surrounded by 7 other original arhat with their characteristic hand gestures and attributes (anticlockwise from lower left): Anjita, Shribhadra, Pindola, Rahula, Kalika, Nagasena and Abheda. Lower register depicts two of the Four Heavenly Kings who also act as Direction Guardians: dharmapala Vaishravana (North) with umbrella and a mongoose, and dharmapala Dhritarashtra (East) with a pipa (lute). A figure between them is Dharmatala - the layman attendant to the 16 Great Arhats - carrying on his back a traveling case filled with Buddhist books and walking accompanied by a yellow tiger, who is a fierce protector of the 16 Arhats. Very rare icon beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments and on cotton, superb detailing, some expected wear, overall in great condition for a 200 plus years old devotional painting. Framed, matted and glazed. Comes from old Washington DC collection. Painting size in sight 15.25 x 11.25 inches ( 39 x 28 cm), frame size 18.75 x 14 inches (47 x 35.5 cm).