Raoul Curiel

Raoul Curiel (born 23 June 1913, Cairo, Egypt; d. 23 February 2000 Paris, France)[1] was a French archaeologist, egyptologist and orientalist.

Raoul Curiel
Born23 June 1913
Died23 February 2000
Alma materUniversity of Paris
OccupationEgyptologist and orientalist
RelativesHenri Curiel (brother)

Early life and educationEdit

Curiel was born into a prosperous Jewish family in Cairo, the son of Daniel Curiel, a wealthy banker, and brother of Henri Curiel. In 1933, Curiel left Cairo to study Law at the University of Paris (or Sorbonne), but switched to Indology and Iranian studies.[2]

In 1939 he cofounded a weekly, Don Quichotte, together with his brother Henri Curiel and Georges Henein.[3]

Archaeology and IndologyEdit

During the Second World War, Curiel served in Beirut, where he carried out archaeological studies for the French army. In Beirut, he became friends with Daniel Schlumberger and Henri Seyrig.[1] Curiel was the French archaeological representative in Afghanistan in 1945 and served as Director of Antiques at the National Museum of Pakistan, 1954–1958.[4] He later acted as curator of the Oriental coins department at the French National Library.[5][6]


  • Trésors monétaires d'Afghanistan: Mémoires de la Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan (Paris, 1953)[7][8]
  • Une collection de monnaies de cuivre Arabo-Sasanides (Paris, 1984)[9][10]


  1. ^ a b "CURIEL, Raoul – Persons of Indian Studies by Prof. Dr. Klaus Karttunen". Retrieved 2020-08-13.
  2. ^ "Raoul Curiel". Le Monde.fr (in French). 2000-02-25. Retrieved 2020-08-13.
  3. ^ Don LaCoss (Spring 2010). "Egyptian Surrealism and "Degenerate Art" in 1939?". The Arab Studies Journal. 18 (1): 105. JSTOR 27934079.
  4. ^ "Curiel, Raoul – Persée". www.persee.fr. Retrieved 2020-08-13.
  5. ^ "Collections Online | British Museum". www.britishmuseum.org. Retrieved 2020-08-13.
  6. ^ "Curiel" – via BnF Catalogue général (http://catalogue.bnf.fr).
  7. ^ Christie, Anthony (February 1957). "Raoul Curiel and Daniel Schlumberger: Tréors monétaires d'Afghanistan. (Mémoires de la Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan, Tom. XIV.) [x], 131 pp., 16 plates. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1953". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 19 (1): 183–184. doi:10.1017/S0041977X0011941X. ISSN 1474-0699.
  8. ^ Ball, Warwick (2019-05-02). Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan: Revised Edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-927758-2.
  9. ^ Gyselen, Rika; Curiel, Raoul (1984). iraniennes, Association pour l'avancement des études (ed.). Une Collection de monnaies de cuivre arabo-sasanides. Studia Iranica. Cahiers. 2.
  10. ^ "Author Search Results". klgrid.kmlink.com.my. Retrieved 2020-10-28.

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