director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) said on
Monday that the cabinet was tasked with making the final decision due to
the danger that the rare artifacts could be damaged or stolen in shipping
or while on display at the museum.
cabinet agreed to allow the artifacts to be loaned to the museum after
seriously studying the matter, Hossein Marashi explained.
officials of the British Museum begun installation work some time ago and
have been waiting for the Iranian items,” he added.
believe that the exhibition “Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient
Persia” will be the largest of its kind on the history of the Achaemenid
400 artifacts will be put on display from the collection of Iran’s
museums, such as the National Museum of Iran and the Persepolis and
Hegmataneh (Ecbatana) museums, and from the Louvre and the British Museum.
exhibition, which was previously entitled “Persian Glory”, will open
at the British Museum on September 8, 2005 and will continue until January
addition, Achaemenid era experts from across the globe plan to participate
in a three-day seminar on social issues, women’s rights, the economy,
and art during the Achaemenid dynasty that will be held on the sidelines
of the exhibition.