Weituo is regarded as a protector of the Buddhist law. In orthodox Buddhist monasteries, his image is often found in the first hall with his back to Maitreya and facing the image of Buddha in the main hall. He is mentioned in the Suvarnaprabhasa-sutra as the leader of the twenty-four celestial guardian deities.
He is usually portrayed as a clean-shaven youth dressed in full armor. In keeping with the non-violent philosophy of Buddhism, he never holds his weapon. It is usually held pointing downwards, held in one hand supported against his shoulder, or laid across his arms with his hands held in anjalimudra. For a parcel gilt-copper figure of Weituo, of Ming dynasty date, shown in the same pose in the Guangji Si in Beijing, see Ancient Temples in Beijing, Beijing, 1995, p. 127.
Weituo is never venerated in the home, and therefore there are hardly any small images of him. A large gilt-bronze temple figure from the Seattle Art Museum is illustrated by H. Munsterberg, in Chinese Buddhist Bronzes, Tokyo, 1967, pl. 94.
See also a larger bronze figure of Weituo from 16th/17th century sold in our New York Rooms, 22 March 2011, lot 1632.