Behind the Scenes: Installing the Cyrus Cylinder

The following photo essay provides a glimpse into the delicate and careful installation of the Cyrus Cylinder into its display box. The installation is done by Wendy Adamson, Senior Museum Assistant at the British Museum, and is supervised by Dr. John Curtis, the curator of the exhibition and the Keeper of the Department of Ancient Near East, and Keeper of Special Projects, at the British Museum.

 

Left to Right: Nasser Manesh (General Manager, IHF America), Chelsea Dacus (Assistant Curator, MFA Houston), Frances Marzio (Chief Curator, MFA Houston), John Curtis (Keeper of the Department of Ancient Near East, British Museum). Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Getting Ready for the installation: Left to Right: Nasser Manesh (General Manager, IHF America), Chelsea Dacus (Assistant Curator, MFA Houston), Frances Marzio (Chief Curator, MFA Houston), John Curtis (Keeper of the Department of Ancient Near East, British Museum). Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

 

Installation of the big banner next to the exhibition space. Photo: Mandana Fard / IHF America

Installation of the big banner next to the exhibition space. Photo: Mandana Fard / IHF America

Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Wendy Adamson (British Museum), performing the installation. Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Photo by Reza Ganji / IHF America

Photo by Reza Ganji / IHF America

Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Left to Right: Dr. John Curtis (British Museum), Nasser Manesh (IHF America), Wendy Adamson (British Museum). Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Left to Right: Dr. John Curtis (British Museum), Nasser Manesh (IHF America), Wendy Adamson (British Museum). Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

 

Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

 

Left to Right: Nasser Manesh (IHF America), Frances Marzio (MFA Houston), John Curtis (British Museum)

Left to Right: Nasser Manesh (IHF America), Frances Marzio (MFA Houston), John Curtis (British Museum)

Left to Right: Frances Marzio, John Curtis. Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America

Left to Right: Frances Marzio, John Curtis. Photo by Mandana Fard / IHF America