The Giraffe of Bengal: A Medieval Encounter in Ming China

  title={The Giraffe of Bengal: A Medieval Encounter in Ming China},
  author={Sally Kathryn Church},
  journal={The Medieval History Journal},
  pages={1 - 37}
  • S. Church
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • History
  • The Medieval History Journal
This paper chronicles the development of diplomatic relations between China and Bengal in the early-fifteenth century, culminating in the pre sentation of a giraffe by Bengal to the court of China in 1414. It examines Chinese sources that recorded the visits of envoys from Bengal to China and from China to Bengal during the period of the Chinese maritime ex peditions from 1405 to 1433. Discussion centres on the historical context for these exchanges in the two countries, the relationship… 
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