Du Fu’s “Cloves”

Fig. 1 — More than 4,000 kilometres separate the location of Du Fu’s cottage in Chengdu from the clove-producing islands around Halmahera in eastern Indonesia. I’m not sure if Du Fu lived in Chengdu at the time of the writing of the poem above, but perhaps not. The historical context of Du Fu’s poems isn’t always clear (though it may be in this case — I’m not a specialist in these things and there are always competing theories…).
Fig. 2 — There is certainly a resemblance between dried whole cloves (L) and the buds of some lilacs (R).

--

--

--

Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Taking Science to the Limit of Human Endurance - Gay-Lussac

An Essay on the 1857 Mutiny Rebellion

History of the Mechanical Keyboard

The famous Bran Castle and the story of Dracula (Vlad Tepes)

Forgetting Guernica

I was thinking about airport codes today.

King Solomon Collection is launching the 27th of Jan.

On This Day: Sticks and Stones and British Bones

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Medieval Indonesia

Medieval Indonesia

Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

More from Medium

“Hand”-Drawn Art: iPad to AxiDraw

Two white cards laying on brown floorboards, with their corners cut off; the left one sits atop a small stack. The paper shows a “snowflake” design, made of green fir sprigs, red hearts, and gold embellishments. Underneath is “Warmth.” written in gold script.

Off-White: Abloh’s Contemporary fashion

5 Proven Ways To Study Effectively:become a topper

I always knew in my heart-mind body and soul I wouldn’t conform.