A unique aspect of the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum will be its display within the galleries of Ancient Near Eastern Art, where objects from the permanent collection—including the famous lions from Babylon—will provide a stunning backdrop. Also on display will be works of art from the Metropolitan’s Department of Drawings and Prints and Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts that celebrate Cyrus and his legacy as a liberal and enlightened ruler.
See more at the Met website: The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia, Charting a New Empire
After being viewed by more than 155,000 visitors in DC, the Cyrus Cylinder has now arrived in Houston and will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts from May 3rd through June 14. Please visit the Houston Opening page for photos of the opening dinner and reception, and the Behind the Scenes page for a backstage view of the installation of the Cyrus Cylinder.
For more information about the Cyrus Cylinder tour of the US, please see the video of the launch of the tour in DC, the Amanpour / MacGregor interview with full transcript as well as the three opening remarks. You can also view the press coverage.
Banner outside of MFA Houston – Photo: Reza Ganji / IHF America
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: Exhibition at the MFA Houston. Photo: Reza Ganji / IHF America
The Cyrus Cylinder – At MFA Houston. Photo: Reza Ganji / IHF America
Today the British Museum publicly announced the 2013 US tour of the Cyrus Cylinder:
“The British Museum today announces that one of its most iconic objects, the Cyrus Cylinder, will tour to five major museum venues in the United States in 2013. This will be the first time this object has been seen in the US and the tour is supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation.”
“The Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most famous objects to have survived from the ancient world. The Cylinder was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform (cuneiform is the earliest form of writing) on the orders of the Persian King Cyrus the Great (559-530BC) after he captured Babylon in 539BC. It is often referred to as the first bill of human rights as it appears to encourage freedom of worship throughout the Persian Empire and to allow deported people to return to their homelands. It was found in Babylon in modern Iraq in 1879 during a British Museum excavation and has been on display ever since…”
You can read the full text of the BM press release, and we will follow up with the news coverage of the announcement.