Magic Lantern Slide: Caravanserai, Bisitun [Behistun]

This photograph by Alfred Rowden was taken on part of the silk road though Iran. It shows the ancient ruins of a ‘caravanserai’, which was a place for traders to rest whilst on the journey. Rowden calls this site Bisitun but it is more commonly known as Behistun, and is now a World Heritage Site. Rowden was in Mesopotamia during the First World War and was not sent home until 1919 or 1920. He photographed scenes like this to record his experiences.
Accession Loan No.
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Full Name
Lantern Slide: Caravanserai, Bisitun
Common Name
Magic Lantern Slide: Caravanserai, Bisitun [Behistun]
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Production Person Initials
Production Country
United Kingdom
glass; paper; photographic emulsion
Period Classification
World War I (1914-1918); Inter War (1918-1939)
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
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Production Date
Inscription / Transcription
handwritten 'M 790 Bisitun C.' on top edge; handwritten 'Caravanserai. Bisitun. / A.O. Rowden / Pag. Trans. M/790 H.Q.Br' on masking strips
Family Group

whole width 83 mm; whole H 83 mm; whole TH 2.5 mm
Created At
2017-05-08 09:13:48
Updated At
2020-01-28 11:44:52

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