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Iran, UK May Install Cyrus Cylinder Replica in Netherlands

Culture - Iran and the United Kingdom are planning to weigh up the installation of a replica of ancient Persian relic Cyrus Cylinder in The Hague, the Netherlands, an Iranian official said.

Iran’s Museums and Historical Properties Office in collaboration with the British Museum in London will make new decision on the replica’s installation, press tv reported.

“The Cyrus Cylinder’s replica will be delivered to me by the representatives of the British Museum at an exhibition in India to be brought to Iran," said the director of Iran’s Museums and Historical Properties Office Mohammad Reza Kargar.

He also noted that the replica would be kept in Iran until the Iranian experts mull over the installation plan in The Hague.

The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State. It is also the third largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

The Cyrus Cylinder is an iconic ancient Persian object which is housed in the British Museum.

The 2,500-year-old inscribed cylinder is known as the world’s first human rights charter.

The inscription on the cylinder, which is in the earliest form of writing-Babylonian cuneiform, was made on the clay artifact with an account by Cyrus the Great, the King of Persia.

The Achaemenid artifact was found in Babylon, today’s Iraq during excavations in 1879, and has been housed in the British Museum ever since.

The relic was temporarily given to Iran’s National Museum on loan in 2010-2011 and was seen by more than one million Iranians.

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