“Iran’s National Museum has identified almost 800 Persian artifacts,
which have been smuggled to two foreign galleries from 1940 to 1984,”
Fars news agency quoted Ardakani as saying on Wednesday.
The decision was made for the first time by Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization Hamid Baghai, she added.
Ardakani reiterated that most of the identified historical objects had been smuggled out of Iran and sold in foreign countries.
For the time being, the two European galleries have been
investigated, but in the future other foreign museums will be examined
for Iranian objects, she noted.
Iran managed to identify Persian objects through the information
provided by these two galleries, including their names and date and
place of discovery and in some cases their pictures, the Iranian
Meanwhile, the Cyrus Cylinder, which is considered the world’s first
charter of human rights, was sent to Iran on loan from British Museum
in London. It was sent in September 2010 after a prolonged delay.
The Cyrus the Great Cylinder is inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform
with an account by Cyrus II, king of Persia (559-530 BC) and is
considered the world’s first charter of human rights.