EXHIBITION: Cyrus Cylinder At The Asian Art Museum In San Francisco
The Cyrus Cylinder is among the most revered objects to have survived from the ancient world. The Asian Art Museum is one of only five venues in the Cyrus Cylinder's historic U.S. tour. This is the first time the Cylinder has visited the United States.
The Cylinder was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of the Persian king Cyrus the Great after he captured Babylon in 539 BCE. It records how Cyrus restored shrines and allowed displaced peoples to return home. Although they are not mentioned in the Cylinder, it is thought to be at this time that the Jews returned to Jerusalem to build the Second Temple, as recorded in the Bible. Because of these enlightened acts the Cylinder has come to be regarded as a special and innovative document.
The Cylinder marks the foundation of the Persian Empire that reached its greatest size under Darius the Great (522-486 BCE) when it stretched from Egypt to India and from Arabia to the Aral Sea. This was the largest empire the world had seen up until that time, and to administer such a large area effectively it was necessary to introduce new practices and different ways of doing things. There were also technological advances during this time, as well as artistic and architectural developments. From many points of view the Persian period may be described as a new beginning for the region. The objects that accompany the Cylinder have been chosen to reflect this. The exhibition shows that the two centuries of Persian rule were a period of change and progress.
Catching up with the Cyrus Cylinder - Following in the footsteps of the Cyrus Cylinder trekking through five museums in the United States, we have reached the mid-point in Manhattan. So let's pause for a commercial break and see how far this iconic object has come, as we eagerly await its arrival on the West Coast. -A.J. Cave 7/19/13
World Premier of the King Cyrus Symphonic Suite to be held in San Francisco - The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is proud to announce the world premiere of The King Cyrus Symphonic Suite: From Birth to the Proclamation of Human Rights for a one night only performance on August 10, 2013. Composed and conducted by Maestro Loris Tjeknavorian and performed by the San Francisco Philharmonic Orchestra 7/18/13
Ancient Persian Ruler Influenced Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Democracy - The discovery of the Cyrus Cylinder was a hundred years in the future when Thomas Jefferson and other founders of the United States adopted the progressive ideas of the ancient Persian ruler Cyrus the Great. They knew of Cyrus through classical Greek writers and Biblical accounts. -Lea Terhune, IIP 03/17/13
Cyrus Cylinder: Ancient Persia Foreshadowed Modern Values - The Cyrus Cylinder has left its British Museum repository for its first U.S. tour, beginning at the Smithsonian Institution's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington. "The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia" showcases this 2,600-year-old archeological treasure amid other artifacts from the Achaemenid Empire (550-331 B.C.) founded by the Persian ruler Cyrus the Great. -Lea Terhune, IIP 03/13/13
Cyrus, Ben-Gurion and Ben-Zion - By all accounts. Cyrus was a magnanimous man and the archetype of a wise ruler. The policies that he introduced did indeed promote religious tolerance, and the right for communities to live according to their own laws and beliefs. What Cyrus promoted is a model to be emulated and not criticized. One must be grateful that Neil MacGregor delivered his TED talk, and is allowing the Cyrus Cylinder to tour the United States of America. -Abolala Soudavar 02/20/13
- The Cyrus Cylinder has traveled to the United States for the first time, and it will tour five major metropolitan centers, starting March 9th at the Smithsonian Institution's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., traveling afterwards to Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Despite its antiquity, the cylinder may still have a significant role to play on the international stage today. -Farhang Jahanpour 03/11/13