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Stele of the sacrifice by Zhang Minde in the name of the emperor (Abandoned stele), 1513(張敏德致祭碑(廢棄碑),1513) 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 160cm (body height), 83cm (width), and 22cm (depth). The body of this stele is in perfect condition. This stele sits on a tortoise-shaped base and has a rounded forehead without inscriptions. This stele was established in the 8th year of Zhengde (1513). The stele does not have a title. According to its contents, it is named “Stele of the Sacrifice by Zhang Minde in the Name of the Emperor”, which describes Emperor Ming Wuzong sending official Zhang Minde (張敏德) to perform a sacrifice to the spirit of Mount Yiwulü. In addition, this stele has the same contents as no. 51, but the size and shape are different. Compared to no. 51, the size of this stele is smaller, it is of a lower quality, and there is no text on the back side. Therefore, it may be considered an abandoned stele of no. 51, which later generations re-established in Beizhen Temple.

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