Historically, seals were a main administrative tool used to regulate trade and organise society. Hardly bigger than a few centimetres, they were used on official documents, tags attached to goods and on buildings’ gates to certify authenticity and ownership. In addition to their main administrative function, the seals might have had some metaphysical connotations. With their unusual shape and iconography, the Dilmun seals illustrate, more than any other category of artefacts, the most original material representation of the Dilmun culture and its only surviving art.
The Stamp Seals: Hallmark of Dilmun and its Hidden Art exhibition draws on the permanent collection of the Bahrain National Museum and some highlights from the National Museum of Kuwait. The display illustrates an exceptional selection of seals spanning the third and second millennia BCE and examines the use, techniques, diversity and splendour of the Dilmun seals.
Call 17 298-777.