Funerary stelae from the Byzantine period in Egypt are thought to have been produced in quantity, then modified for individual use. Inscriptions were often added to identify the deceased.
Inscription: [In the peace] of our Lord lies our sainted father (or priest) Bartholomew who fell asleep on M... 17th. Lord, lay his soul to rest in the bosoms of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, where pain and grief and mourning are fled away in the brightness of Thy saints, Amen.
Francis M. Bacon, New York (until 1913; his estate sale, Metropolitan ArtAssociation, Anderson Galleries, New York, October 23–25, 1913, lot 289; to Conway); Eustace Conway(1913–20; gifted to MMA)