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Ganlingxiang Stele
Source: Henan Museum Edit: acf Time: 2022.06.02 16:41:09

Measurements: No. 1 remnant: H. 152 cm, W. 22 cm, Thk. 20 cm; No.2 remnant: H. 181 cm, W. 24 cm, Thk. 20 cm
Period: Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)
Provenance: Unearthed at Zhangyang village, north of Luoyang, 1922

Of a strip form, it was chiseled into three fragments during the Northern Wei dynasty, The No. 1 and No.2 were used as the door lintel and threshold in the tomb, the No.3 fragment was missing. The top of the stele was carved with “Stele of Ganling Xiang Shang Fu” in clerical script, 8 words in 2 lines. The No. 1 fragment bears part of the inscription in 5 lines, all of the first words of each line are missing. The No. 2 fragment bears 6 lines of inscription, each has 30 words. The inscription recorded the stories in his political career of the tomb occupant, and the praising words, without mentioning the specific achievements. Due to missing the name of the tomb occupant, the identity is still subject to further study.

The Eastern Han dynasty was an important stage of the beginning and formation of stele inscriptions, and the clerical script culminated during the period. The clerical script of the epitaph is a masterpiece and a model of its kind in Han dynasty, thus is of great artistic value, and it is also a precious artifact and an important reference to the study on the history and culture of Han dynasty.