This unusual portrait of Dharmata/Dharmatala, attendant to the 16 arhats, shows him seated on a rock in a relaxed manner, wearing thick garments and boots, a shawl knotted at the front, his top knot hidden behind a large floral tiara with an effigy of Amitabha. Instead of holding the usual attributes (long-life vase and fly whisk) his hands make symbolic gestures to signify knowledge and ward off evil.
His clothes are incised with a floral pattern throughout. Instead of being fastened to his back with the shawl, his books are worn over the left shoulder, carefully wrapped in fine silk.
Undated, Tibet, gilt metal and pigments, photo by Holly Auctions, published on Himalayan Art Resources.
This is a traditional image of him, the fly whisk in his right hand, the vase in the other, the books strapped to his back, a small tiger by his side.
One of the sixteen arhats, Vajriputra holds a fly whisk (right hand) and does a pointing gesture (warding off evil). The above wears a thick robe fastened with a belt, no boots. A cloak or shawl is folded over his left arm.
Maudgalyayana, is often standing and he holds a bowl in his left hand while his right hand does a pointing gesture or rests against his hip. Nagasena also holds a bowl but his other attribute is an iron staff with rings (khakkhara). The above is topped with a stupa.