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The Golden Peaches of Samarkand


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I The Glory of T'ang
Historical Matters-Foreigners in T'ang-Ships and Sea
Routes- Caravans and Land Routes- Foreign
Settlements in T'ang-Treatment of Foreigners-
Tribute- Exotic Taste- Exotic Literature

11 Men 40
War Prisoners- Slaves- Dwarfs- Hostages- Human
Tribute- Musicians and Dancers

III Domestic Animals
Horses- Camels- Cattle- Sheep and Goats -Asses,
Mules, and Onagers- Dogs

IV Wild Animals
Elephants- Rhinoceroses- Lions- Leopards and
Cheetahs- Sables or Ermines- Gazelles or ChamoisDoubtful
Ungulates-A Doubtful Carnivore- Marmots
-Mongooses-A Weasel or Ferret

V Birds
Hawks and Falcons- Peacocks- Parrots- Ostriches Kalaviizkas

VI Furs and Feathers
Deerskins- Horsehides- Sealskins - Skins of Martens
and Their Kin -Leopard Skins-Lion Skins- Other
Skins- Sharkskins- Animal Tails- Feathers- Peacock
Tails-Feather Garments- Insect Ornaments

VII Plants
Preservation and Propagation -Date Palms- PeepulsSaul
Trees- Saffron Crocus-N aga-Flowers- "Buddha's
Land Leaf"- Narcissus- Lotuses- Water Lilies

VIII Woods
Sanderswood- Rosewood- Sandalwood- Ebony

IX Foods
Grapes and Grape Wine-Myrobalans- VegetablesDelicacies-
Seafoods - Condiments- Sugar

X Aromatics
Incense and Braziers - Aloeswood- Lakawood- Elemi
-Camphor-Storax-Gum Guggul and BenzoinFrankincense-
Myrrh- Cloves- Putchuk- Patchouli
-Jasmine Oil- Rose Water- Ambergris- Onycha

XI Drugs
Pharmacology- Citragandha- Theriaca- Cardamoms
-Nutmeg- Turmeric and Zedoary- Tacamahac-
Manna- Balm of Gilead-- Galbanum- Asafetida-
Castor Beans- Purging Cassia- Seaweeds- Ginseng-
Assorted Herbs- Bezoar- Olnul- Python Bile-
White Wax- Human Hair- Blue Vitriol

XII Textiles
A Suit of Gold- Woolens-Rugs-Asbestos-FeltLinen-
V arT,Jaka- Pongee- Bombycine- Polychrome
Silks- Water Sheep and Ice Silkworms- Cotton -
"Sunrise Clouds of Morning"

XIII Pigments
Gibbon's Blood-Lac- Dragon's Blood- SapanMurex
Purple? -Indigo- Bhallataka-Oak Galls
- Gambodge- Flake Blue- Orpiment

XIV Industrial Minerals
Salt- Alum- Sal Ammoniac- Borax- Niter,
Glauber's Salt, and Epsom Salts- Sulphur- Realgar-
Litharge- Soda Ash -Diamonds

XV Jewels
Jade- Crystal- Carnelian- Malachite- Lapis Lazuli
-"Germ of Metal"-Glass-Fire Orbs-Ivory-
Rhinoceros Horn- Fish Tusks- Pearls- Tortoise Shell
-Neptune's Cradle- Coral- Amber-Jet

XVI Metals
Gold- Purple Gold- Silver- Brass- Gold and Silver Coins

XVII Secular Objects
Various Utensils -Lamp-Trees- Armor- Swords and
Spears- Bows and Arrows

XVIII Sacred Objects
Relics- Images

XIX Books
"Exotica"- Bookshops and Libraries- Books of Travel
and Geography- Religious Books- Scientific Books -
Tablatures and Maps

Glossary A. Names and. Titles
Glossary B. Words


"Probably the most informative, most scholarly, and most delightfully written book on China that has appeared in our time."--"Journal of Asian Studies

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