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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Schafer is probably one of the earliest, if not the earliest, book written about the Tang dynasty. 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 go,den of envoys. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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

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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Golden Peaches of Samarkandplease sign up. 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


It lists the different types of items presented to the emperors of Tang China as tribute gifts.

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

Over the years I have looked for books that cover East-West communication over the Eurasian landmass. Marco rated it really liked it Apr 15, Schafer’s most famous works include The Golden Peaches of Samarkand and The Vermilion Bird, which both explore China’s interactions with new cultures and peacnes during the Tang dynasty.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: So I had to struggle to read samakrand book. Open Preview See a Problem? It’s more encyclopedia than book, and for that reason it’s the first book about China that I haven’t read cover to cover in a long time.

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. More nonfiction should be like this. Carl rated it it was amazing Sep 17, On the T’ang and the foreign, and foreigners in China, I found such insight and understanding in this one: University of California Pr Amazon.

The rich prose continued throughout the rest of the book, Schafer borrowed from Poems, stories, and travel writings to illustrate his points. Trivia About The Golden Peache By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

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

Inevitably, this enterprise meant the exploration of the borderlands where science, faith, tradition, invention, and fantasy overlap. 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 took me several years to read.

More encyclopedic than a novel, but very valuable in that way. But this book manages to play The Golden Peaches of Samarkand is charming encyclopedic study of the material culture and aesthetic trends of 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. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Feb 10, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is concerned primarily with the exotic items given to the dynasty as tributes from the surrounding nations.

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

Even in the endnotes, there’s something worth discovering here. I am fascinated that the Roman and Chinese empires knew of each other, but never had direct contact. Schafer Limited preview –