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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He then became a professor of Chinese there and remained at Berkeley until hi An American sinologist and a noted expert on the Tang dynasty. 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.

To ask other readers questions about The Golden Peaches of Samarkandplease sign up. Tyler Pike rated it it was amazing Apr 28, Still it will make for good reference, as it did contain a huge amount of information, about all sorts of things.

It then proceeds to talk about where these items came from, who presented them, what This book took me several years to read. 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. Books Digital Products Journals. 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.

University of California Press- History – pages. Chen He rated it it was amazing Mar 01, More encyclopedic than a novel, but very valuable in that way.

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Jun 11, Admiral rated it liked it. Schafer navigates an impressive list of sources, and an understanding of the subtle arguments which make up points of translation. While describing in great detail different objects and where they came from he left out a great deal of the practical side of things. Return to Book Page. Initially, I found it hard to get in to this book. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

A study of Tang exotics by Edward H. 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.

Harrison rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Nicholas Pearson rated it liked it Oct 30, 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. These three books must be read for a better understanding of the context of the treasures of the Shosoin, and of how Tang China shaped Japanese thinking and culture, beginning with its age of sending of envoys.

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.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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. The book talks about gplden they originated from and who used them for what.

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He doesn’t seem unfair on other ethnic groups, so this sticks out for me. William Kirkland rated it really liked it Dec 06, 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 tolden longed for, and unknown oc hoped for, by the people of the T’ang empire. So I had to struggle to read this book. Want to Read saving…. So in a way it looks far more at the cultures around the Tang than it does on the Tang itself.

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

Nov 26, Sylvia Volk rated it it was amazing. Marco rated it really liked it Apr 15, Inevitably, this enterprise meant the exploration of the borderlands where science, faith, tradition, invention, and fantasy overlap. I have to admit, this is a very niche topic. There were lots of really interesting bits scattered throught the text, particularly about Empress Wu, and religious practices.

Unless it was an area I had particular interest in I have to admit I did skip much of the later descriptions.