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The Louvre's collection covers Western art from the medieval period to 1848, formative works from the civilisations of the ancient world, and works of Islamic art. The collection is grouped into eight Departments, each shaped and defined by the activities of its curators, collectors and donors.

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Repertoire of Meroitic Iconography (RIM)

November 12, 2018

Répertoire d'iconographie méroïtique (vignette)

In September 2016, the Egyptian Antiquities Department of the Louvre Museum launched the international project of Répertoire d’iconographie méroïtique (RIM). This project of collaborative research aims to create an encyclopaedia bringing together as entries (“Apedemak”, “candace”, “royal costume”, “horse”, “crocodile”, “priest”, “soldier”, etc.) the analytical descriptions of the various elements composing the Meroitic kingdom’s iconography (Sudan, 300 BC-AD 450). At the same time, the project intends to create a Virtual Meroitic Museum where all the decorated Meroitic objects, currently scattered in museums around the world, will be displayed.

In September 2018, the booklet PRIMIS (Permanence of Representations, Interpretation of Models and Selective Imagery in the figurative sources of the Kingdom of Meroe) containing the first recommendations to future authors of the encyclopaedia, was presented to the scientific community at the 14th International Conference for Nubian Studies (Paris, 10-15 September 2018).

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