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Vase with Arabic Inscriptions

Asian Art

On View: Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
Incised on the body of this vase is a medallion bearing an Arabic inscription with three Names of God: Insha’allah (Will of God); Ghudrat-allah (Power of God); and Ni’mat-allah (Grace of God). Incised on the base of the vase, in Chinese, is the reign mark of the emperor: Qianlong nianzhi (Made during the Qianlong period). It is thought that this vase was made in the imperial workshops in the Forbidden City in Beijing for use by Muslims living at Emperor Qianlong’s court. By the time of Qianlong’s reign, there was a large Muslim community in Beijing.
MEDIUM Glass
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 1736-1795
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Qianlong Period
    DIMENSIONS 10 1/4 x 5 3/8 in. (26 x 13.7 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS Arabic inscriptions: Three of the Names of God: Insha'allah -- Will of God Ghudrat-allah -- Power of God (omnipotent) Ni'mat-allah -- Grace of God. Translated by: Maryam Ekhtiar
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 47.219.22
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Vase with Arabic Inscriptions, 1736-1795. Glass, 10 1/4 x 5 3/8 in. (26 x 13.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 47.219.22. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 47.219.22_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 47.219.22_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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     <em>Vase with Arabic Inscriptions</em>, 1736-1795. Glass, 10 1/4 x 5 3/8 in. (26 x 13.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 47.219.22. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 47.219.22_PS11.jpg)