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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The Golden Peaches of Samarkand by Edward H. Schafer – Paperback – University of California Press

Account Options Sign in. This is a book that, well, describes stuff Even in the endnotes, there’s something worth discovering here.

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Even more than that, it’s still useful – for an academic book that’s about fifty years old, it’s still 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.

On the T’ang and the foreign, and foreigners in China, I found such insight and understanding in this one: Tyler Pike rated it it was amazing Sa,arkand 28, Books Digital Products Journals. Ethnic Identity in Tang China.

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

The book talks about where they originated from and who used them for what. So in a way it looks far more at the cultures smaarkand the Tang than it does on the Tang itself. 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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This book examines the exotics imported into China during the T’ang Dynasty A.

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 like gold, to the Chinese court at Ch’ang-an.

I goldrn to admit, this is a very niche topic. Samaraknd book fits in that genre. These three books must be read for a better understanding of the context of the treasures of oof Shosoin, and of how Tang China shaped Japanese thinking and culture, beginning with its age of sending of envoys.

Carl rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Inevitably, this enterprise meant the exploration of the borderlands where science, faith, tradition, invention, and fantasy overlap. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Manza rated it liked it Jan 31, samarjand 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.

Sakura Tsukikage rated it it was amazing Nov 04, Lists with This Book. Feb 09, David rated it really liked it. I enjoyed it, though I wish it had been written in a less encyclopedic format. Maksim Astashinskiy rated it it was amazing Aug 23, It’s a book of wonders, a very old-fashioned samarkannd, and so yummy that I could put on weight just leafing through the chapter on horses.

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To ask other readers questions about The Golden Peaches of Samarkandplease sign up. He is also known within sinology for his uncompromising belief in the importance of language sa,arkand and learning and his differing approach on this subject to John King Fairbank. This book is not a statistical record of commercial imports and medieval trade, but rather a “humanistic essay, however material its subject samarkahd.

There were lots of really interesting bits scattered throught the text, particularly about Empress Wu, and religious practices. David Wooddell rated it really liked it Sep 24, This book took me several years to read.

The Golden Peaches of Samarkand: A Study of T’Ang Exotics – Edward H. Schafer – Google Books

While describing in great detail different objects and where they came from he left out a great deal of the practical side of things. The emphasis was clearly on the exotic however.

It was easier to consume in small doses. At times it felt like I was reading a role-playing product and not a history book. Aurelio rated it it was amazing Mar 25, 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 Peachfs court at Ch’ang-an.

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