This tangka belongs to a set of portraits entitled the Path with the Fruit Gurus and Ngor Abbots. Munchen Sangye Rinchen, the abbot of Ngor monastery, holds a book and sits on a lion throne under a lobed arch studded with lotus buds. Immediately above is the Buddha reaching enlightenment, accompanied by additional Buddhist deities and patriarchs of the Sakya monastic lineage. The lower register is occupied by red and blue wrathful protective deities and the four lokapalas, or guardian kings, shown in yellow. During the abbot's tenure (1513–16), the monastery was at the zenith of its power, holding political control over the Ü and Tsang provinces of Tibet.