|The Golden Peaches of Samarkand : a study of T'ang exotics / by Edward H. Schafer.|
Bibliography: p. 345-371.
Chinese glossary includes terms, names, and titles from various sources.
Introduction -- I. The Glory of T'ang -- II. Men -- III. Domestic Animals -- IV. Wild Animals -- V. Birds -- VI. Furs and Feathers -- VII. Plants -- VIII. Woods -- IX. Foods -- X. Aromatics -- XI. Drugs -- XII. Textiles -- XIII. Pigments -- XIV. Industrial Minerals -- XV. Jewels -- XVI. Metals -- XVII. Secular Objects -- XVIII. Sacred Objects -- XIX. Books. Addenda: 1. Notes. 2. Bibliography. 3. Glossary A. Names and Titles. 4. Glossary B. Words. 5. Index.
"This book examines the exotics imported from China during the T'ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907), and depicts their influence on Chinese life. 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. Ivory, rare woods, drugs, diamonds, magicians, dancing girls--the author covers all classes of unusual imports, their places of origin, their lore, their effect on costume, dwellings, diet, and on painting, sculpture, music, and poetry."--dust jacket.
Contents keywords: Foreigners in T'ang, ships, sea routes, caravans, foreign settlements, war prisoners, slaves, dwarfs, hostages, human tribute, musicians, dancers, domestic animals, horses, camels, cattle, sheep, dogs, wild animals, elephants, rhinoceros, lions, leopards, sables, doubtful ungulates, birds, hawks, falcons, feathers, peacocks, parrots, furs, animal skins, plants, wood, foods, aromatics, incense, drugs and medicine, textiles, pigments, industrial minerals, jewels, metals, secular objects and utensils, sacred objects, books, bookshops, travel and geography, religious books, scientific books, tablatures and maps.