Vajrasattva in Sakti
Jiaqing period (1796-1820), Yonghegong style
Painting on cloth
97 x 66 cm (38 x 26 in)

A horizon line of green mountain peaks running across the middle of the background is characteristic of repeated figure compositions made at Yonghegong in Beijing and can still be seen on later iterations hanging in its 'Esoteric Hall' today. Further examples within the temple's collection are published in Beautiful Thangka Paintings in Yonghegong, Beijing, 2001, pp.23, 45 & 53. A near identical example of this painting, in lesser condition, is held in the American Natural History Museum, gifted by the Estate of William B. Whitman in 1937 (Acc.#70.0/6934, HAR item no.94340).