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Stele of the sacrifice by Zhang Nai in the name of the emperor,1505(張鼐祭告碑,1505) 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 180cm (body height), 100cm (width), and 24cm (depth). The body of this stele was broken into two parts; these two pieces were then patched together. This stele sits on a tortoise-shaped base and has a dragon forehead; there are four characters, “Yu Ji Zhu Wen 御祭祝文” (Prayer for the Imperial Sacrifice), on the front of the stele forehead. This stele was established in the 18th year of Hongzhi (1505). The stele does not have a title. According to its contents, it is named “Stele of the Sacrifice by Zhang Nai in the Name of the Emperor”, which describes Emperor Ming Xiaozong sending official Zhang Nai (張鼐) to perform a sacrifice to the spirit of Mount Yiwulü. There is a list of names carved on the back of this stele, as well.

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