Title:Epitaph Tablet of Prince Cheng Ching (Yuan Mi)Artist:Artist UnknownDate:524Creation Place:Asia, ChinaCredit Line:The William Hood Dunwoody FundAccession Number:46.23.2a
This epitaph tablet, a testament to the art of Chinese calligraphy, consists of three basic parts: (1) the official title of Prince Cheng Ching, who was uncle to the ninth ruler of Wei, Emperor Cheng Kuang (520-524); (2) the Imperial eulogy and memorial decree, composed by his nephew the Emperor; (3) the date of the burial, the third day of the second month in the fifth year of Cheng Kuang (524). As the memorial relates, the prince was the grandson of the the sixth emperor of northern Wei. He served as a prince for the state of Chao and was Commanding General of the successful Southern Expedition. He died in his prime and was buried in the Pei-mon Mountains north of the capital of Lo-yang.