Deng Shiru 鄧石如 (1743-1805)

The Chinese seal artist Deng Shiru was born in Huaining, Anhui province. Founder of the Deng School, he was one of the most important figures of the Bronze-and-Stone Studies school of calligraphy in the eighteenth century. Deng lived most of his life during the reign of the emperor Qianlong (1736-1795). He began seal carving while still young. His seals attracted the attention of the calligrapher Liang Yan, who introduced Deng to the collector Mei Liu. Deng studied the bronze and stele inscriptions owned by Mei Liu for eight years. As a leader of the Stele School, Deng was famous for both his clerical script and seal script calligraphy.

  • Pinyin: Dèng Shírú
  • Wade-Giles: Teng Shih-ju
  • Also known as: Fenshui yuzhang; Guhuan; [Guhuanzi] Gu wanzi; Longshan qiaozhang; Wan bai; Wanbai shanren; Wanbo; Youji daoren
  • Affiliation: Deng School

Seals shown are not to scale.

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