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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His publications include over scholarly articles and more than a dozen books. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Books Digital Products Journals. That can’t be a good sign Guan Zhong rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Carl rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Many of the goods came from Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Serindia an archaic name for what is now Xinjiang provinceand the occasional glass good from Western Europe.

The Golden Peaches of Samarkand is charming encyclopedic study of the material culture and aesthetic trends of the Tang Dynasty. He doesn’t seem unfair on other ethnic groups, so this sticks out for me.

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

Into the land during the three centuries of T’ang came the natives of almost every nation of Asia, all bringing exotic wares either as gifts or as goods to be sold. Jun 11, Admiral rated it liked it. Inevitably, this enterprise meant the exploration of the borderlands where science, faith, eamarkand, invention, and fantasy overlap.


Refresh and try again. An American sinologist and a noted expert on the Tang dynasty. No trivia or quizzes yet. Feb 07, Jayme marked it as to-read-non-fiction. The book took me so long to read, because the writing is academic and there is no story to follow per se.

Notify me of new comments via email. Even more than that, it’s still useful – for an academic book that’s about fifty years old, it’s still read.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Tyler Pike rated it it was amazing Apr 28, Jan 13, Michael Shea rated it liked it. This book is not pdaches statistical record of commercial imports and medieval trade, but rather a “humanistic essay, however material its subject matter.

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. 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. The writing style is charming, and the author savors his words.

Between andJapan sent 19 missions to China.

There is astonishing detail here – he talks about minerals, plants, rare animals, pigments, religious objects, rare books. To ask other readers questions about The Ov Peaches of Samarkandplease sign up. This is a book that, well, describes stuff Return to Book Page.

I enjoyed it, though I wish it had been written in a less encyclopedic format. 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.


Michelle rated it liked it Jun 02, Paperbackpages. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Each chapter is devoted to a different aspect of culture, metals, clothing, jewels, food, books, animals, etc.

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

The emphasis was clearly on the exotic however. This book examines the exotics imported into China during the T’ang Dynasty A. Maksim Astashinskiy rated it it was amazing Aug 23, Even in the endnotes, there’s something goldrn discovering here.

There were lots of really interesting bits scattered throught the text, particularly about Empress Wu, and religious practices. Peachees 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 learned a lot, not only about the political geography, arts and social customs of the time, but about the flora and fauna of the area as well.