The Cyrus Cylinder Leaving the British Museum for the US (BBC Persian Video)

The Cyrus Cylinder Tour has official started… On February 19th Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) and the British Museum held a “send-off” (بدرقه) event at the British Museum as the Cyrus Cylinder gets ready to leave the UK for its US tour.

The Cyrus Cylinder will be on display at five major museums across the US through this touring exhibition. The tour is arranged through a partnership between IHF America, the British Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) where the Cyrus Cylinder will debut on March 9th, 2013.

This is BBC Persian’s coverage of the event (voice-over in Persian). For a version with English voice-over please scroll down and see the second video:

Below you can find the same video by Kasra Naji of BBC, with English voice-over. The two scholars interviewed on the video are Karen Armstrong (author, scholar, TED speaker) and John Curtis, the long-time Keepr of the Middle East Collection of the British Museum:

In her speech at the send-off event, Haleh Anvari, the Executive Director of the Iran Heritage Foundation, said:

“…our mission was defined: to support Iranian studies, to preserve and promote Iranian history, arts and culture. In these eighteen years, IHF has been able to achieve this rather extensive remit through close partnerships with world renowned scholars, universities and cultural institutions such as the British Museum.”

“We at the Iran Heritage Foundation are proud of our close association and friendship with the British Museum which has resulted in a historic first; The Cyrus Cylinder Tour of the US.”