An edict that is far older than the one found in July was on display in Beijing. Photo: SCMP
An edict that is far older than the one found in July was on display in Beijing. Photo: SCMP

Ming dynasty edict found in northern China offers valuable insight into imperial government

  • The edict was made in 1606 to bestow honour on the parents of Ji Shu, an imperial official
  • Families often used edicts to legitimise their role in a community and help them contend for local power

An edict that is far older than the one found in July was on display in Beijing. Photo: SCMP
An edict that is far older than the one found in July was on display in Beijing. Photo: SCMP
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