Wei Shuo

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Wei Shuo, as painted by Gai Qi, 1799
An 18th century drawing of Wei Shuo

Wei Shuo (simplified Chinese: 卫铄; traditional Chinese: 衛鑠; pinyin: Wèi Shuò, 272–349), courtesy name Mouyi (茂猗), sobriquet He'nan (和南), commonly addressed just as Lady Wei (衛夫人), was a Chinese calligrapher of Eastern Jin, who established consequential rules about the regular script. Her famous disciple was Wang Xizhi.


Born in modern Xia, Shanxi, Wei was the daughter of Wei Zhan (衛展) or the daughter or younger sister of Wei Heng (衛恆). Wei was married to Li Ju (李矩), the Governor of Ding Prefecture. Wei and Li had Li Chong (李充), also a calligrapher and a Palace Secretarial Attendant (中書侍郎). She was taught the style that Zhong Yao taught, however, Wei's style is narrower than Zhong's wider style. Wei's The Picture of Ink Brush (筆陣圖) describes the Seven Powers (七勢) that later became the famous Eight Principles of Yong.


Wei's other works include:

  • Famous Concubine Inscription (名姬帖, Ming Ji Tie)
  • The Inscription of Weishi He'nan (衛氏和南帖, Weishi He'nan Tie)