Silicon Valley UNA-USA invites you to tour
CYRUS CYLINDER Exhibit
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 9 am-3 pm
Tour includes guide, transportation arrangements, admission fees, lunch. Cost $40.
In 2013, the Cyrus Cylinder will be in the United States for the first time in its history. The San Francisco Asian Art Museum is one of only five venues in the tour, with the Cylinder on view August 9- September 22, 2013: www.cyruscylinder2013.com/about
The Cyrus Cylinder is among the most revered objects to have survived from the ancient world. An 1879 British Museum excavation in Babylon (modern-day Iraq) unearthed the Cylinder, which is inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform. Persian King Cyrus the Great (559-530 BC) ordered its creation after he captured Babylon in 539 BC.
Often referred to as the first bill of human rights, the Cylinder appears to encourage freedom of worship throughout the Persian Empire and the right of deported people to return to their homelands. It is valued by people throughout the world as a symbol of tolerance for different peoples and different faiths, so much so that a copy of the Cylinder is on display in the United Nations building in New York.
BONUS: "In the Moment: Japanese Art from Larry Ellison's Collection: also on exhibit as well as other exhibits in the permanent collection.
RSVP required by Sept. 7. Space limited. Contact Shirley firstname.lastname@example.org 1 408 255-6559