Late 19th / Early 20th Century Chinese Bronze Bodhisattva Skanda / Wei Tuo. Guardian of Buddhist Teaching holding a sword while in flowing robes, and peasing facial expression. 6" high x 3" wide x 1 3/4" deep. Splendid patina but with loss of right foot and on temporary base. Otherwise in excellent condition. Purchased in China during WWII. Ex: E. Rose collection, Florida. Wei Tuo Pú-sà (bodhisattva Skanda) is recognized as one of the eight divine protectors in Chinese Buddhism. Iconographically, he appears as a majestic general. Before entering Nirvana, Buddha ordered the general, who remained in this world, to protect the Buddha Dharma. After the death of Buddha, the relics were robbed by evil demons. The bodhisattva Wei Tuo managed to overcome the demons and recovered the relics of Buddha. While Guan Yu Bodhisattva watches over and protects our worldly affairs, Skanda Bodhisattva protects our spiritual affairs, watching over dharma matters.