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Name of Object:

Bisotun, geometric drawing of a bas-relief

Other name of the Object (second name):

Taken from Eugène Flandin and Pascal Coste's Voyage en Perse, which took place from 1840 to 1841


Paris, France

Holding Museum:

National Library of France


c. 1851

Type of object:



Engraver: A. Guillaumet; artist: Pascal-Xavier Coste; author: Eugène Flandin

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In 1840, the painter Eugène Flandin (1809–1876) and the architect and painter Pascal Coste (1787–1879) were sent on mission to Persia by l'Institut de France in order to write up an inventory of the country's past and contemporary riches, and to renew the political and economic ties between France and Persia. The mission was directed by Édouard de Sercey, who soon returned to France. However, despite the trying conditions, Flandin and Coste were able to stay for two more years and collected an impressive archive documenting the sites they explored. This is a print of one of the bas-reliefs in Mount Behistun (Iran), which Darius had carved during the 6th century BC.

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Citation of this web page:

 "Bisotun, geometric drawing of a bas-relief" in Sharing History , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=sh_objects;AWE;fr;2;en&id=prints_and_drawings

Translation by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: FR 002

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