Double-Sided Tombstone

Object Name: Tombstone

Date: 10th century and dated A.H. 646/ A.D. 1248–49

Geography: Attributed to Egypt

Medium: Marble; carved

Dimensions: H. 22 1/16 in. (56 cm)
W. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm)
D. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Wt. 80 lbs.

Classification: Stone

Credit Line: Purchase, James and Diane Burke Gift, in honor of Dr. Marilyn Jenkins-Madina, 2010

Accession Number: 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.