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A native of Huaining, Anhui province, Deng Shiru stayed aloof throughout his lifetime and never attempted an official career. He contributed remarkably to the development of epigraphy in seal, clerical, running and regular scripts, out of which his greatest contribution was to form an idiosyncratic style of seal script, which exerted tremendous influence on the transformation and development of epigraphy in the late Qing dynasty and in modern times.
The calligrapher's signature indicates the work was created during the Jiaqing reign (1796-1820). Thanks to his lifetime absence from the imperial examination, Deng's calligraphy in regular script was not affected by the official regular script. Instead, his works are modeled completely after the stone inscriptions of Han (206 BCE-220 CE) dynasty and Wei of the Three Kingdoms (220-265), featuring forceful brushstrokes and appropriately structured characters, particularly big characters. This calligraphy is a mature work of Deng's late years.