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Iran to display Cyrus Cylinder

Press TV - Iran's National Museum is slated to exhibit 'Cyrus the Great Cylinder', which is currently housed in the British Museum in London.

Cyrus Cylinder: Considered as History's First Declaration of Human Rights
in Ancient Times is today displayed at the British Museum.

During a meeting at Iran's National Museum, the director of the British Museum said they were ready to display the cylinder in Iran.

"The British Museum is ready to display the Cyrus Cylinder in Iran after 130 years," said Neil MacGregor.

Director of Iran's National Museum, Mohammad Reza Mehrandish said the museum and Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization would do their best to exhibit the unique artifact in its country of origin.

Cyrus the Great's cylinder is a clay artifact, bearing a declaration issued by the Persian king Cyrus II in Babylonian cuneiform.

Described as the world's first charter of human rights, the cylinder was discovered in 1879 by the Assyro-British archaeologist Hormuzd Rassam.

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