Scholar's objects from private collections (lots 560-566)
An inscribed duan stone 'heart sutra' screen
Qing dynasty The cumbersome rectangular-shaped stone plain on one side, the other side with carved elaborate inscription, all surmounted on a sturdy hardwood stand. 40.6cm long. (2).
Wei Decheng, active in the Jiaqing and Daoguang periods, had assumed style names of Xunyuan and Lifu, in addition to his pseudonyms Dunfu and Xinnong. He was a member of the 'Plain Yellow Banner' division and in 1820 became a 'Jinshi' (a graduate of the palace examination). He was a teacher of literary editing and compilation and served as the official of Shandong salt transportation until 1841. Internal records of Wei Decheng and the Yunnan salt laws can be found at the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taipei.