1036 CHINESE INSCRIPTIONS AND RECORDS [Appendix I
seven, and on the twentieth 1 day of the same moon, having sunk beneath his load of years, was encoffined and buried in this tomb.
VII. Ast. ix. I. (Transcript and good photograph, PI. cxxvii.)
The king-wu day, the sixteenth of the ninth moon, the first day of which is i-1nao, in the jin-tzü year, the third of Yung-hni 2. Inscription on the tomb of Wang Huan-yüeh 3, aged seventy-four, who was hsin-an shih-lang and subsequently tien-chung chiang-chüu 4, and after the inauguration of the Great Tang dynasty, whose gracious bounty extended to Hsi-chou, was invested with the dignity of hsiao-chi-wei 5.
Transcript and very poor photograph.) 6
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1 Perhaps a mistake in the transcript ; if not, the first date may refer to the burial, and the second be merely a repetition. Cf. No. IX, note 7.
2 23 October, 652. This date seems to refer to the erection of the tombstone.
' Doubtless the elder brother of Wang Huan-yo in No. VI,
the first character in their personal names being the same. For further details about him, see No. IX.
4 See No. III, note 7.
5 ` Valorous cavalry commander ' : a purely honorary title.
6 Readers are requested to bear in mind that each column of this inscription runs on to the next page.