GOLDEN PEACHES OF SAMARKAND PDF

The Golden Peaches of Samarkand has 66 ratings and 13 reviews. Hadrian said: The Golden Peaches of Samarkand is charming encyclopedic study of the. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’ang Exotics. Edward H. Schafer (Author). In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand; A Study of T’ang Exotics. By Edward H. Schafer. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, xiii,

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This book took me several aamarkand to read. The detail extends to the translation, where he could spend time talking about the exact translation for a thousand year old word for a gem and whether it is sapphire, lapis lazuli, beryl, azurite, or anything else.

Chen He rated it it was amazing Mar 01, It’s a book of wonders, a very old-fashioned thing, and so yummy that I could put on weight just leafing through the chapter on horses.

This book is not a statistical record of commercial imports and medieval peacges, but rather a “humanistic essay, however material its subject matter. University of California Press. Ivory, rare woods, drugs, diamonds, magicians, dancing girls—the author covers all classes of unusual imports, their places of origin, their lore, their effort on costume, dwellings, diet, and on painting, sculpture, music, and poetry. There were lots of really interesting bits scattered throught the text, particularly about Empress Wu, and religious practices.

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Nov 26, Sylvia Volk rated it it was amazing. praches

There is astonishing detail here – he talks about minerals, plants, rare animals, pigments, religious objects, rare books. Now this book was written before Orientalism and the questions of exoticizing everything that isn’t in Western Europe or just from the view of the historian. Feb 09, David rated it really liked it.

Sakura Tsukikage rated it it was amazing Nov 04, paeches I enjoyed it, though I wish it had been written in a less encyclopedic format. gilden

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Sara Levene rated it liked it Nov 06, On the T’ang and the foreign, and foreigners in China, I found such insight and understanding in this one: Ivory, rare woods, drugs, diamonds, magicians, dancing girls—the author covers all classes of unusual imports, their places of origin, their lore, their effort on costume, dwellings, diet, and on painting, sculpture, music, and poetry.

A lot can be learned from this information about the upper class, it’s sort of a reverse idea to the “everyday life” books.

This book examines the exotics imported into China during sqmarkand T’ang Dynasty A. But this book manages to play around with those expectations by discussing the things which they found interesting and exotic. A study of Tang exotics by Edward H. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand is charming encyclopedic study of the material culture and aesthetic trends of the Tang Dynasty.

This book fits in that genre.

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The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’ang Exotics

What kind of fruit these golden peaches really were cannot now be guessed, but they have the glamour of mystery, and they symbolize all the exotic things longed for, and unknown things hoped for, by the people of the T’ang empire. Tyler Pike rated it it was amazing Apr 28, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Email required Address never made public. This book examines the exotics imported into China during the T’ang Dynasty A.

Nicholas Pearson rated it liked it Oct 30, In Schafer’s text too they are ‘arrogant, haughty’ and nothing else, their behaviour when in China enough to disgust a civilized person.

Account Options Sign in. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Jun 11, Admiral rated it liked it. It also seemed to be going to great lengths to point out how much China was influenced by it’s neighbors, and how it was the neighbors who seemed to have all the really great things.

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