Name of Object:
Funerary stele of Abu ‘Abdallah ibn Khalifa
National Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Arts
Date of Object:
Hegira 488 / AD 1095
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Height 24 cm, length 107 cm, width 31 cm
Period / Dynasty:
Qal’at Bani Hammad, Algeria.
Funerary stele in the form of a pyramid, tiered and surmounted by a prism. Sculpted in relief, an inscription in kufic lettering reveals the following epitaph: 'In the name of God the Clement, the Merciful! May God bless the prophet / Muhammad! And his family and may he accord them complete salvation, as every soul tastes death [Qur'an, XXI, 36]. This is the tomb of ‘Abdallah son of Khalifa son of Muhammad, may God show him mercy, he died the day / al-djumu'a [Friday] first day of Ramadan of the year 488 [September 1095]'. On the lateral sides, the prism holds the following inscription: 'To God / the glory.'
View Short Description
A very poorly preserved funerary stele in the form of a stepped pyramid topped with a prism. A barely legible inscription in kufic characters carved in relief gives the name of the deceased and the date of death, along with the habitual praise to God.
How date and origin were established:
The stele features a precise date.
How Object was obtained:
Gift from M. Massiera.
How provenance was established:
Found at the site of Qal'at Bani Hammad.
Marçais, G., “Sur deux stèles funéraires hammadites du musée Stéphane Gsell”, Bulletin de la Société historique et géographique de la région de Sétif, Vol. II, 1941, pp.171–8.
Citation of this web page:
Leila Merabet "Funerary stele of Abu ‘Abdallah ibn Khalifa" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;dz;Mus01;50;en
Prepared by: Leila Merabet