Stone funerary epitaph

This funerary epitaph comprises two stone slabs—the ‘cover’ and the actual epitaph.They were placed one on top of the other in the tomb, in front or next to the coffin. The ‘cover’ states the identity of the deceased. Here, it is engraved with the deceased’s surname—Gai where the deceased came from—Yuhang and the period of death—the Tang dynasty. The status of the deceased determines the size of the epitaph and the decorations on it. From the modest size of this epitaph, it is postulated that the deceased was of common birth and not a noble. Filial piety was the motivation behind the construction of this epitaph. The effort and time that went into writing this epitaph reflects the sincerity of Gai’s nephew and his son.

Date/Period
Tang dynasty (618 -906 CE)
Region
China
Dimension
Object size: L 37.4 x W 37.7 x H 6.5 cm
Accession No.
1998-00545
Material
Stone
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr Fred Lee
Category
Sculpture