The Ancient Near Eastern Glyptic Collections of the RMAH Reconsidered

Vanessa Boschloos, Anne Devillers, Eric Gubel, Hendrik Hameeuw, Cynthia Jean, Laurence Van Goethem, Sam Van Overmeire, Bruno Overlaet

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The Royal Museums of Art and History of Brussels (RMAH) boast a rich and
world-renowned collection of glyptic material from the Ancient Near East. The collection consists of stamp and cylinder seals, seal impressions and sealings, originating from a broad range of cultures and dating from the beginning of their production down to the Roman period. They illustrate the entire historical development of a type of object that provides unique insights into the economic, cultural, enviromental and political history of a vast region. Over the years, many of these seals, seal impressions and sealings have been studied and published, but a comprehensive revision of the entire corpus imposed itself since long date. This contribution presents the first results of this scientific and museological exercise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-43
Number of pages21
JournalBulletin des Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • seals and sealings
  • ancient near east
  • 3D imaging
  • Museum collections


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