Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wei Shuo 卫铄
Wei Shuo (273-349), commonly addressed just as Lady Wei, was a calligrapher of Jin Dynasty (266-420). She was unusual and outstanding in her era during which Chinese women were required to restrict themselves to the care of their homes and children and obedience to their husbands and parents-in-law.
Wei was also a great calligraphy theoretician whose theories resolved around the structural composition of an entire piece of calligraphy.
There is another reason that made her famous in calligraphy. She was the teacher of the sage of calligraphy, Wang Xizhi.
Her calligraphic works include the Famous Concubine Inscription (Ming Ji Tie) and the Inscription of Wei-shi Henan (Wei-shi Henan Tie)(see diagram).