This beautiful Tibetan Thangka painting depicts Guru Dorje Drolo, one of the eight principal forms of Guru Riponche assumed at different points of his life. It's the wild, wrathful form of the Guru-saint, where he stands before a flaming aueole, holding a ritual tool, the vajra, in his right hand, ready to strike. He rides a fierce tiger as the flayed skin of an elephant is draped across his shoulders.
We see demons crushed beneath the feet of the Guru in this painting, both of male and female forms. The guru himself is represented with curly hair, eyes, including the third one, open wide in fury, astride his tiger mount, upon a floating pedestal supported by divine lotus of many petals. There are hills and lakes beneath the lotus, representing the divine status of the Guru.