Stair riser - Aga Khan Museum
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Classification
Marble and Stucco

Object name
Stair Riser

Geography
Egypt

Period
10th-12th century CE

Materials and technique
Sandstone

Dimensions
Height 27 cm; length 51 cm

Accession number
AKM00666

Description

Although this oblong stone slab has been identified as a lintel, it is inscribed on only two of its long sides and they are perpendicular to one another. This suggests that it was a stair riser and not a lintel. The inscription in simplified floriated kufic on the wide side reads ‘and felicity’ and on the narrow side ‘this God everlasting’. The words do not appear to be sequential but if the slab was one of two stones flanking a step, the inscription may have read across the step.

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