As you are aware, Cyrus Cylinder has been sent to USA to be exhibited in 5 cities, starting in March in Washington DC. The last Exhibition is in October/ November at Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The tour is sponsored by the British Museum, Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF), and other organizations. In every city a local Foundation is raising fund and organizes the Exhibition. In Southern California the Farhang Foundation is doing this job.
Apart from the exhibition, each museum is holding talks and conferences covering the various subjects the Cyrus Cylinder.
The Cyrus Cylinder has been received with great enthusiasm in the USA and with the large number of Iranians living in the Los Angeles area we anticipate the number of visitors to the LA exhibition will be exceptional.
IHF’s involvement with the Cyrus Cylinder was initially brought up by you sending me an email in 2009 mentioning the article by Matthias Schultz that was published in Der Spiegel who questioned the significance of Cyrus cylinder arguing that it is wrong that UN has accepted it to be the first declaration of human right. In that message you asked IHF to respond to the comments made. Although I contacted several scholars regarding this article and asked them to write to Der Spiegel to explain their view, only a few words of that response were printed.
So we decided to organize a conference and invited scholars and experts who came from Europe, Iran, China, USA, and other places to explore their work. After a 2 day workshop they presented their findings to the public at a conference at the British Museum, where they addressed the various important aspects of the Cyrus Cylinder. The conclusion was that Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most authentic relics of Persia from 2500 years ago.
The US Tour is the first Tour to publicize the importance of Cyrus Cylinder. Other tours are planed for coming years.
For this reason we would like SUTA members to attend the special opening day for Iranian community in L of the exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles on 7th October.
Here is the brief distributed by Nasser Manesh, the managing director of IHF America, who is also a Sharif graduate: