杭爱碑 Hang Ai Monument2017-07-26
Time: Kangxi period, Qing Dynasty.
Location: In the north and south corners of the east side of Jingyuan meadow, in front of no.1 dorm and no.6 dorm.
Hang Ai Tablet’s shape is common in Qing Dynasty. Up to two meters, the foundation is a tortoise-like animal, named Bei. According to ancient Chinese mythology, the dragon had nine sons, but none of them became a real dragon. Bei was one of them and loves to carry heavy stuff. So its images are usually used as foundation of tablets. There is another son of dragon was carved on the top of tablet, named Chi, likes to climb high and look out, so be used as the decoration on the top of tablet. The combination of practical utility and artistic quality makes this kind of tablet a rare cultural relic.
The words on the Tablet have been indecipherable already. According to the content, the owner of this tablet was the great statesman Hang Ai in Kangxi period. The north one was built in twenty-fourth year in Kangxi period, two years after Hang Ai's death, in order to commend his contribution during lifetime. The west one inscribed the funeral oration of the Ministry of Rites Shi Lang Zhihu, simple but solemn.
Hang Ai, Manchurian, with the surname of Janggiya Hala, once belong to yellow banner, and then moved to embed white banner. He grew in an educational family, and gained the Kangxi's attention during Wu Sangui's rebellion. Later on his term in Sichuan, he had a lot of achievements, such as rectifing the soil, launching water conservancy projects. Even now in Dujiang Dam there is a merit inscription of Hang Ai. He died in the 22th year in Kangxi period. The emperor gave him a posthumous title name called QingXiang, meaning his diligence and capability on government affairs.