Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Double-sided Tombstone, 10th century and a.h. 646/A.D. 1248–49
    Egypt
    Marble

    22 x 15 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (56 x 40 x 5.7 cm)
    Purchase, James and Diane Burke Gift, in honor of Dr. Marilyn Jenkins-Madina, 2010 (2010.225)

    This marble tombstone is carved on both sides: on the side on view, a Qur'anic verse (Sura 3:18) is inscribed in robust kufic script, characteristic of the Fatimid period. More than two centuries later, the stone was reused, again as a tomb marker. It was inverted and carved with an inscription that includes a death date of 1248–49, framed within an arch on columns with rosettes in the spandrels and a lamp suspended from its apex.

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    Double-sided Tombstone, 10th century and a.h. 646/A.D. 1248–49
    Egypt
    Marble

    22 x 15 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (56 x 40 x 5.7 cm)
    Purchase, James and Diane Burke Gift, in honor of Dr. Marilyn Jenkins-Madina, 2010 (2010.225)


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