The eight Karmapa was also said to be good at painting and metal crafting. This thangka is a fitting tribute to him who has greatly influenced the art pieces in his generation. In this depiction, he is shown in a seating vajra position on a moon disc and lotus throne. He wears the three red robes of a monk as well as the Karmapa’s signature Black Hat (Vajra Crown). His arms are crossed, the right one over his left, in a vajra humkara mudra. He holds the two-method and wisdom attributes of the five-pronged golden vajra and ritual bell. These two lay above blue lotus, the color of the flower symbolizes triumph over the senses and of wisdom. His expression shows a mix of bliss and emptiness. His aura is also painted blue and gold, accentuated with color in the lotus throne. The bottom part appears a set of offerings that traditionally is a skull cup with swirls of blue nectar and blood along with the sense organs for heart, nose, eyes, ears, and tongue.