The main inscription in kufic carved in relief and framed by the cusped arch reads: bismillah, tasliyah, Qur'an sura xxxviii (Sad), v.67, "the grave of Sal'(?) Abu 'Umar Musa b. al-Shaykh al-Faqih (jurisconsul) b. 'Abd Allah who died on Monday 26th Jumada I of the year 554 (Monday 15th June, 1159 AD)", shihada.
The so-called pillar tombstones, rare in Egypt, are commonly found in North Africa and more particularly in Tunisia where they range in date between the eleventh and twelfth centuries. This example and that in the following lot belong to this group of which the rather coarse-grained marble and the relief carved foliate kufic are characteristic. For further discussion, please see Zbiss, M. Z.: Inscriptions de Monastir, Tunis, 1960.