Skip Navigation

Vase with Arabic Inscriptions

Asian Art

Gift exchange, tribute, the spread of religion, and overland as well as maritime trade were major transmitters of motifs, designs, and techniques between China and the Roman Empire, Iran, and India. Primary goods, such as medicinal herbs, spices, animals (especially horses), animal products, ores, and metals traveled east to China, while silk products, ceramics, metal wares, paper, printed texts, and mint coins traveled west.

Certain objects draw attention to the resettlement of merchants and communities in foreign lands, such as the Muslim merchants from the Middle East and Central Asia who settled in China's Fujian Province during the Tang and Song periods and continued to immigrate there under the Mongol Yuan emperors. Objects with Islamic inscriptions such as this Qing vase—inscribed "Insha'allah [The Will of God]," "Ghudrat-allah [The Power of God]," and "Ni'mat-allah [The Grace of God]"—may have been made for this Chinese Muslim community.

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
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.

Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact (charges apply).

For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch.

For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright.

If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
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
IMAGE overall, 47.219.22.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.
Vase with Arabic Inscriptions