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    Sale 12169

    Fine Chinese Paintings

    16 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 804

    ANONYMOUS (TANG DYNASTY)

    Heart Sutra

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    ANONYMOUS (TANG DYNASTY)
    Heart Sutra
    Scroll, mounted on wooden board, ink and color on paper
    10 ¼ x 22 in. (26 x 56 cm.)
    Dated eighth month, thirteenth day, second year of the Shengli era (699)
    One collector’s seal of Li Shengduo (1859-1934)
    One illegible seal
    Colophon on reverse by Li Shengduo


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    Harold Medill Sarkisian (1909-1993) was a United States lieutenant who is known for his collection of Islamic, Indian, Japanese and Chinese art. As an expert Russian, Chinese and Japanese linguist, he and his wife traveled to China in 1940, where he worked as an advisor to the Chinese government to develop the weaving and textiles industry. From his frequent travels in Asia, he acquired a vast collection of artworks, many of which were acquired by the Denver Art Museum to enable the opening of the Oriental Museum in 1956. Through his contributions, Sarkisian was appointed as an honorary curator of Asian art.

    Provenance

    Formerly from the collection of Harold Medill Sarkisian.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE CHINESE-AMERICAN COLLECTOR