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]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.