Du Xiaoyan’s brief inscription, carved to the left of the final character for mountain, “shan” 山, is typical of many inscriptions in that it is a listing of titles and offices held by Du, finishing off with the ubiquitous “Du Xiaoyan wrote this.” The inscription in its entirety reads as follows: “Grand Master for Closing Court, with the authority of minister, Director of the Bureau of Military Appointments, concurrently Associate State Historiographer, concurrently Recorder for the Bureau of Army Activities, the official litterateur Du Xiaoyan wrote this.”

他的简介被刻在“山”字的左边,是典型的包含一列头衔和官位的题词,以常见的“杜孝严书”结尾。题词如下:“朝散大夫尚书兵部侍郎兼同修国史兼军录院□官修撰杜孝严书。”