Guhyasamaja is a Buddhist meditational deity that originates from the Guhyasamaja root text, created in the 4th-5th century and ascribed to the sage Asanga. He was greatly favored by the Gelugpa school, founded by Tsongkhapa who received the Guhyasamaja teachings as part of his formation. Three forms of the deity exist, including Akshobhyavajra, Manjuvajra, and Lokeshvara. The present example is Akshobhyavajra his blue form. Compare the present work with a similarly dated painting of Guhyasamaja in the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA #F1997.26.3).