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The Cyrus Cylinder is seen on display at the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Gallery in Washington. The 2,500-year-old Babylonian artifact sometimes described as the world’s first human rights charter will be shown for the first time in the United States at the gallery, followed by stops in New York, Houston and Los Angeles.

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Cyrus the Great artifact shown in US for 1st time

A nearly 2,600-year-old clay cylinder described as the world’s first human rights declaration is being shown for the first time in the United States.

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