its renovation process is finished, Iran’s
National Museum will be the host of Cyrus the
Great Cylinder for 2 years.
In a special exhibition in Iran’s National
Cylinder will be displayed along with other
Iranian artifacts in possession of the biggest
museums around the world.
The so-called Cyrus Cylinder, widely believed to
be the first manifesto of human rights written
over 2,000 years ago, by the founder of the
Achaemenid dynasty, details the conquest of the
Babylon of Belshazzar and Nebuchadnezzar by the
6th century BC Persian king, Cyrus the Great.
“We have done some negotiations with the British
Museum, and we can surely borrow the Cyrus
Cylinder for 2 years, but as the exact time of
renovation process in National Museum is not
determined, we haven’t begun any negotiations
with Louvre, Metropolitan, and other important
museums yet”, Mohammad-reza Kargar, National
Museum director, told CHN.
National Museum experts are now considering the
greatest Iranian artifacts in other museums around
the world to determine in the next 2 years the
line of history that this special exhibition is
going to follow, said Kargar.
The victory in the 6th century BC made Cyrus the
leader of the first world empire, stretching from
Egypt to China. Cyrus proved a model ruler. He
describes on the cylinder measures of relief for
the inhabitants of Babylon and the return to their
homelands of people held by the former kings,
thought to have included the Jews.
The cylinder which would have been used as a
foundation stone to a building was found in
Babylon, in modern Iraq, in a British Museum dig
in the 19th century.
Its return visit to the National Museum of Tehran
will follow a generous loan by the Iranians, who
are to send 50 antiquities for the British
Museum's exhibition on the splendors of Ancient
Persia planned for September 2005.