A.D. 766 Geluofeng, King Piluoge's son, ascended the throne
and erected the stele of Nanzhao in the city proper of Taihe.
The stele measures 3.03 X 2.27 X 0.58 metres. It is the largest
stele of the Tang Dynasty kept in good condition in Yunnan.
On the facade, there are carved 3,800 Chinese characters which
vividly describe the early history of Nanzhao Kingdom, its
relationship with the Tang emperors and the whys and wherefores
of the Tianbao warfare. The language is touching and eloquent
and the calligraphy powerful, very similar to the handwriting
of Li Beihai (Li Yong). But actually, they were written by
Zheng Hui, the Qingpingguan or prime minister (second only
to the king) of Nanzhao Kingdom at the time. On the back of
the stele, there are engravings of the names of the high ranking
officials, generals and administrators. The inscriptions carved
on the stele are important information for the study of Nanzhao
Kingdom's history and her relations with the Tang Dynasty.
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