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Stele of the sacrifice by Zhang Xiu in the name of the emperor (Abandoned stele), 1493(張岫致祭碑(廢棄碑),1493) Teiser, Stephen; Bai, Zhaojie; Li, Jing; Lu, Guobin; Zhang, Yuanjing; He, Shuyue


This stele is located in the eastern stelae corridor at Beizhen Temple. The size of this stele is 138cm (body height), 73cm (width), and 16cm (depth). The body of this stele was broken into two parts; these two pieces were then patched together. This stele sits on a Sumeru-base and has a quadrated forehead without inscriptions. This stele was established in the 6th year of Hongzhi (1493). The stele does not have a title. According to its contents, it is named “Stele of the Sacrifice by Zhang Xiu in the Name of the Emperor”, which describes Emperor Ming Xiaozong sending official Zhang Xiu (張岫) to perform a sacrifice to the spirit of Mount Yiwulü. In addition, this stele has the same contents as no. 49, but the size and shape are different. Compared to no. 49, this stele is smaller, it is of a lower quality, and its inscription contains mistakes. Therefore, it may be considered an abandoned stele of no. 49, which later generations re-established in Beizhen Temple.

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