Jennifer Rose

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Why the Cyrus Cylinder Matters Today

The Cyrus Cylinder as installed at the Getty Villa
The Cyrus Cylinder, Achaemenid, after 539 B.C. Terracotta, 22.9 x 10 cm. The British Museum

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      Satan and his skeleton minions enjoying the afterlife.

      Playfully staged, the series seems purely humorous—until you learn when and why they were made. These skeletons’ rowdy antics were a clever form of political satire.

      —Curator Mazie Harris on Skeletons Carousing in Hell

      10/31/14

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