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The Cyrus Cylinder Tours the U.S.

By March 25, 2013

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The Cyrus Cylinder, somewhat smaller than an American football, was inscribed with cuneiform about the Babylonian conquest by the sixth century B.C. Persian king Cyrus the Great. Many consider it the first human rights document, but not all translations show it that way. The British Museum provides a translation. You can see the cylinder itself if you live in one of the cities in the U.S. where it is touring this year. It is currently at its first stop, in Washington D.C.
  • Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
    March 9th through April 28th 2013
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
    May 3rd through June 14th 2013
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    June 20th through August 4th 2013
  • Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
    August 9th through September 22nd 2013
  • J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, Los Angeles, CA
    October 2nd through December 2nd 2013
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