Major collections of seals
There exists no consolidated catalog of seals in collections across the globe. Estimates of the numbers of physical seals kept in collections vary.
We will try and keep an updated list of major collections on this page. Numbers are for the most part estimates. They are based either on online catalogs, old publications, or information provided by staff at the various collections.
Louvre Museum, Paris: estimated 10,000 seals
British Museum, London: estimated 5,000 seals
Add: Lambert bequest: c. 2,000 seals
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris: c. 1,000 cylinder seals
Add: c. 1,000 stamp seals
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: c. 1100 seals
Vorderasiatische Museum, Berlin: more than 2,000 seals
Oriental Institute, University of Chicago c. 2,000 seals
(c. 1050 cylinder seals and c. 900 stamp seals)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art c. 650 seals
Bibel+Orient Museum, Fribourg: c. 500 seals
Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam: c. 500 seals
Bruxelles: c. 1000 seals???
Yale Babylonian Collection, New Haven: estimated c. 1500 seals
Pierpont Morgan: estimated 1500 seals
Bible Museum, Jerusalem: c. 3000 seals
University Museum, Pennsylvania: c. 2500
Current total: +34,000 seals
Minor collections of seals
Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, UK: c. 100 seals
World Museum, Liverpool: c. 130 seals "and other objects"
Click here for an overview of some major collections as presented by Klaus Wagensonner at the 2014 CDLI workshop "Digitizing in the Round".