Dragon's brain, dragon's spittle - the exquisite fragrances of China's Song Dynasty
Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Health and Medicine
Non European Studies
The art of incense compounding reached its height during Song Dynasty. The influences of Indian states and Islamic caliphates' perfumery traditions were blended with Chinese aesthetics to create the most unique scents in Chinese history. No wonder that at least two emperors of Song were accused of spending more time on compounding new incense blends than on governing. It was also a period when incense compounding split into the art pursued by aristocracy and cheap blends became accessible for the less affluent populace. We will discuss ingredients and their origins, the extant recipe sources and dissect a few recipes, showing the variety of fragrances available during this period. This class will not be recorded.