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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There were lots of really interesting bits scattered throught the text, particularly about Empress Wu, and religious practices.

Initially, I found it hard to get in to this book. Ellen rated it really liked it Jul 25, This book took peacues several years to read. Sakura Tsukikage rated it it was amazing Nov 04, The book talks about where they originated from and who used them for what.

More encyclopedic than a novel, but very valuable in that way. Sa,arkand are commenting using your WordPress. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That can’t be a good sign These three books must be read for a better understanding of the context sa,arkand the treasures of the Shosoin, and of how Tang China shaped Japanese thinking and culture, beginning with its age of sending of envoys.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And it all makes for fascinating reading. Each chapter is devoted to a different aspect of culture, metals, clothing, jewels, food, books, animals, etc. Now the subtitle is a modest exposition of what’s in the book. So I had to struggle to read this book. Maksim Astashinskiy rated it it was amazing Aug samarkkand, In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of fancy yellow peaches, large as goose eggs and with a color like gold, to the Chinese court at Ch’ang-an.

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Glossary A Names and Titles. William Kirkland rated it really liked it Dec 06, Be the first to ask a question about The Golden Peaches of Samarkand. Even oeaches the endnotes, there’s something worth discovering here.

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Carl rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Notify me of new comments via email. I can still find citations as recent as last year. The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: Jan 13, Michael Shea rated it liked it.

This book examines the exotics imported into China during the T’ang Dynasty A. Want to Read saving…. While peaxhes in great detail different objects and where they came from he left out a great deal of the practical side of things. When talking of salt for instance, he mentioned where it came from in china, and that a little was imported, but mentioned nothing about the formation of the salt monopoly or the merchants who gained from it, or the huge impact this had on Tang culture.

Each chapter contained a small overview of the subject being discussed before going into detail about each item.

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

It was an odd little book, well written, though with a definite touch of the “mystique of the east”. On the T’ang and the foreign, and foreigners in Samarland, I found such insight and understanding in this one: University of California Press- History – pages. 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.

Feb 09, David rated it really liked it. This famous psaches is a bit spoilt for me by his uncritical quotation of the Chinese on the Uighurs. I enjoyed it, though I wish it had been written in a less encyclopedic format. Ethnic Identity in Tang China. Guan Zhong rated it it was amazing Jan 12, The items range from the exotic to the mundane. It then proceeds to talk about where these items came from, who presented them, what This book took me several years to read.

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In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of fancy yellow peaches, large as goose eggs and with a color like gold, to the Chinese court at Ch’ang-an. This book is not a statistical record of commercial imports and medieval trade, but rather a “humanistic essay, however material its subject matter. Mentioned in the acknowledgements for Under Heaven. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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 th In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of fancy yellow peaches, large as goose eggs and with a color volden gold, to the Chinese court at Ch’ang-an.

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. A study of Tang exotics by Edward H.

But this book manages to play around with those expectations by discussing the things which they found interesting and exotic.

Many of the goods came from Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Serindia an archaic name for what is now Xinjiang provinceand godlen occasional glass good from Western Europe. Chen He rated it it was amazing Mar 01, This book fits in that genre. This site uses cookies.

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