ANONYMOUS (TANG DYNASTY)
PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE CHINESE-AMERICAN COLLECTOR
ANONYMOUS (TANG DYNASTY)

Heart Sutra

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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
Provenance
Formerly from the collection of Harold Medill Sarkisian.

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Lot Essay

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.
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