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Stele of the sacrifice by Zhang Minde in the name of the emperor, 1513(張敏德致祭碑,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 197cm (body height), 91cm (width), and 22cm (depth). The body of this stele is in perfect condition. 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 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. There is a list of names carved on the back of this stele, as well.

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