Tibet, Dharmata (2)

15th century, Tibet, Dharmata, gilt copper, published on http://www.castor-hara.com

Dharmata or Dharmatala, attendant to the sixteen arhats, carries buddhist scriptures attached to his back. He is usually depicted seated on a cushion, his legs pendant, a fly whisk (missing here) in his right hand, a vessel (kundika in this case) in the other, his hair fastened in a top knot.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Dharmata, gilt copper alloy, at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena (USA).

The above is seated with his legs in a different position. The straps holding his manuscripts are human limbs.

17th-18th century, Tibet, Dharmata, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

A layman, Dharmata wears warm clothes including a gown fastened with a belt, and thick felt boots. This example holds a long-life vase.

Same as before, wood and cold gold, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

He may be accompanied by a tiger, who sits by his side, as can bee seen on this and the next two images.

18th century, Tibet, Dharmata, gilt copper alloy, same as before.

Like all attendants, the tiger is much smaller than the main figure.

Same as before, at the British Museum in London (UK).

This late work depicts him with Chinese facial features and goatee.

 

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