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In the late 1990s, the Archivio di Stato di Torino embarked on a joint operation with the History Department of Turin University, that entailed the computerised classification and digital reproduction of the seals conserved in the Archive.

Created and used for centuries to provide guarantees and authenticity to documents, particularly those issued by public authorities, both secular and ecclesiastical, seals have always been significant and striking iconographic elements, representative of the power that used them.

Heraldic symbols, architectural depictions, chivalrous images, holy icons: the elements depicted on seals provide an important historical, institutional and heraldic testimony, but they are also a moving aesthetic and figurative experience for non-specialists. The Archivio di Stato di Torino project to catalogue and digitalise the seals it conserves is currently at a standstill for contingent reasons but cannot be considered concluded; so far it has produced some significant results: approximately 9,000 seals classified and 3,711 digital images produced.

The index files of individual seals can be consulted on the following pages, together with those of the documents of which the seals are an integral part, and digital reproductions of the seals that have already been photographed.

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