Category:Blank stele bixi (Ming Xiaoling)

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English: An unfinished stone tortoise—bixi and a matching unfinished stele with no text — on Purple Mountain, Nanjing, China.
  • They were discovered in a ravine just over 100 m to the southeast from the Sifangcheng Pavilion, and even closer to Madame Chiang Kai-Shek's former villa (known as Meiling Gong).
  • The tortoise, larger than those under the Shengde stele and the Kangxi Emperor's stele, and the stele were recognized by experts as being products of the early Ming, but the reasons for their manufacture and abandonment became subjects for speculation among historians. A number of possible explanations - from faulty material to the overthrow of the Jianwen Emperor by the Yongle Emperor in 1402 - have been advanced.
  • In December 1999 the tortoise and the blank stele (无字碑) were moved to their present location in the Red Mansions Cultural Park (红楼艺文苑, Honglou Yiwen Yuan), located just east of the Ming Xiaoling complex.
中文: 明朝无字碑和龟趺,位于红楼艺文苑