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Tomb Stele Fragment with Kufic Inscription

Date:
9th century
Geography:
Made in Antioch
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
11 1/2 x 16 x 2 3/4 in. (29.2 x 40.6 x 7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. (BZ.1938.89)
  • Description

    This funerary stele is characteristic of Islamic tomb monuments on which inscriptions are used to decorate and to enlighten. Carved in Kufic script, the Qur’anic quotation "He is the Liv[ing]" outside the meander pattern is from the "Sura of the Throne," which is often used for funerary inscriptions. The longer text identifies the deceased: "In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. This is the grave of Sulayman ibn Muhammad."

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: In Arabic, in Kufic script: [In the name of God, the Com-?] / passionate, the Merciful. / This is the grave of / Sulayman ibn Muhammad / [traces of letters, perhaps starting with al-?]; along the right side, to the right of vertical band, He is the Liv[ing]

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