You could almost say that the Cyrus Cylinder is a history of the Middle East in one object and it is a link to a past which we all share and to a key moment in history that has shaped the world around us.
    Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum

    Cyrus Cylinder replica (British Museum exclusive)

    SKU: cmcr23490

    £2000.00 Members' price *


    This piece is hand-sculpted; please allow four weeks for delivery.

    An exact replica of the Cyrus Cylinder, made from hand-patinated resin by Andrew Lilley, a UK-based sculptor. The replica is presented in a custom cherry wood box with brass detailing.

    The Cyrus Cylinder is often referred to as the first bill of human rights as it appears to encourage freedom of worship throughout the Persian Empire and to allow deported people to return to their homelands.

    It was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform (cuneiform is the earliest form of writing) on the orders of the Persian King Cyrus the Great (559–530 BC) after he captured Babylon in 539 BC.

    It was rediscovered in Babylon in modern Iraq in 1879 during a British Museum excavation and has been on display ever since.

    This replica has been made from a cast of the original object, and hand painted in the UK by Andrew Lilley.

    Exclusive to the British Museum.

    Watch a video about the Cyrus Cylinder here
    Read a translation of The Cyrus Cylinder here


    Product code: cmcr23490
    Exhibition: The Cyrus Cylinder
    World culture: Assyria and Persia
    Materials: Hand-patinated resin
    Details: Moulded from the original from the British Museum collection
    Size: 22.5cm x 10cm (8.9" x 3.9")
    Weight: 2.65kg
    Standard UK delivery: 5 working days. Overseas times may vary

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