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Achaemenid Artefacts Arrived Safely in British Museum



02 August 2005



Achaemenid artefacts selected to be on view in the British Museum in an exclusive exhibition entitled “Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia” have safely reached their destination.

The exhibition of “Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia” is planned to be held from September the 8th 2005 to January the 8th 2006. The display includes some 400 items, 80 of which are the ones on loan from Iran’s National Museum, and the rest from the collections of the British Museum and the Louvre.

According to director of Iran’s National Museum, Mohamamdreza Kargar, the items left Iran yesterday on an Iran Air flight and based on the report by the Iranian representative accompanying the collection, the English scholars start today to arrange the pieces in the exhibition hall.

The exhibition is to comprehensively introduce one of the important eras of Iran’s history, covering diverse issues of the civilization including art, culture, politics, economics, and social conditions.

Preparation work for the exhibition started two years ago. Despite the legal status of director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization to decide about the transfer of items out of Iran, disputes and concerns over the security, safety, and return of the objects brought the matter under the government rule. Finally with the government’s consensus, the transfer of the items selected by a group of British Museum scholars in a recent trip to Tehran was finalized.

Simultaneous with the exhibition, a 3-day conference on the Achaemenid Empire which is to be attended by scholars of the era from all around the world is to be held in London.

In return for objects sent to London by Iran, the British Museum is to loan the world-famous Cyrus Cylinder, which is regarded the 1st charter of human rights and some other items of its Persia collection to Iran’s National Museum for a 2-year period.




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