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Cyrus Cylinder loan extension by British Museum not necessarily confirmed

February 2, 2011

Cyrus Cylinder loan extension by British Museum not necessarily confirmed

Posted at 2:36 pm in British Museum, Similar cases

Contrary to other recent reports, it appears that there is still doubt about whether the loan of the Cyrus Cylinder to Iran will be extended for three months as requested.

From:
Tehran Times

Monday, January 10, 2011
Cyrus Cylinder show extension not confirmed
Tehran Times Culture Desk

TEHRAN — The National Museum of Iran (NMI) curator said on Wednesday that so far, the report on the extension of the showcase for the Cyrus Cylinder in Tehran has not been officially approved.

Bloomberg and several other foreign websites published a report on Wednesday announcing that the British Museum has agreed to extend its loan of the artifact for three more months in response to a request by Iranian authorities.

“We do not acknowledge Bloomberg’s announcement as official,” NMI curator Azadeh Ardakani told the Persian service of the ISNA.

John Curtis, curator of BM Department of the Middle East, said in a telephone call that he was unaware of the issue, she added.

The artifact was loaned by the British Museum on September 10, 2010 to the National Museum of Iran for a four-month show that ends on January 10.

A number of Iranian cultural NGOs have also sent a letter to the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, asking the organization to try its best to persuade the British Museum to extend the showcase.

The clay cylinder was discovered in 1879 by the Assyro-British archaeologist Hormuz Rassam in the foundations of the Esagila, the main temple of Babylon. It was transferred to the British Museum in London.

Considered the world’s first declaration of human rights, the Cyrus Cylinder is a document issued by the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great.

It goes on to describe how Cyrus had improved the lives of the citizens of Babylonia, repatriated displaced peoples and restored temples and cult sanctuaries following the Persian conquest of Babylon in 539 BC.

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  1. History Blog said,

    02.05.11 at 3:07 pm

    I hope they hurry up and figure out if they will be loaning it or not… I would love to see it in person. Politics and Money always get in the way when it comes to matters like this. :(

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