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Indulgences: Collecting Ancient Coins

Coins. Reach into any pocket or purse and you’re certain to find a few. They are an integral part of daily life, so ubiquitous that we rarely think about them. Few objects are as universally employed by human culture. Throughout the world, every civilized society uses coins as a medium of exchange. Coins serve as a kind of propaganda, an advertisement for the aims and ambitions of the people who mint them.

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Vanity or Necessity: Beauty in Ancient Egypt

It may be easy for us to project our modern idea of beauty onto the ancient Egyptians. But given that their culture was so fundamentally different from our own and that their everyday customs were imbued with powerful religious symbolism completely alien to modern sensibilities, we must not act so fast.

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Puja and Piety: Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist Art from the Indian Subcontinent

This exhibition celebrates the complexity of South Asian representation and iconography by examining the relationship between aesthetic expression and the devotional practice, or puja, in the three native religions of the Indian subcontinent.

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New Arrivals: Pre-Columbian Jade

The exquisite beauty and incredible strength of jade resulted in the belief by numerous Pre-Columbian cultures that this remarkable stone had qualities of both power and magic. Crafted by expert artists, this extraordinary medium was used for the creation of spirited works of art--objects that gave substance to myth and its symbolic language.

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Barakat Gallery Tumblr

Check out the Barakat Gallery tumblr blog for an immersive visual experience of all things ancient. Everything from culture, architecture, art, objects, paintings, design, and fashion. If it is inspired or related to the ancient world... and aesthetically stimulating... you can find it here.

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New Arrivals: African and Tribal Art

This week we are featuring a beautiful collection of newly added items to the website from the African and Tribal Arts. Including a magnificent Mangbetu sculptural vessel in the form of conjoined twins. Highly detailed with an elaborate surface texture and elegant form this is a unique piece whose two headed visage only serves to heighten its whimsical mystique.

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Cave Temples of Dunhuang: The Getty Museum

This spring the Getty Museum will exhibit replicas of three of these caves for "Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road," which opens May 7. The ambitious, three-part exhibition, co-organized by the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute, also includes a gallery showing of more than 40 objects resurrected in 1900 from one cave.

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New Arrivals: The Classical Collection

This week we are featuring a variety of objects newly added to the website in the Classical Collection. Standout selections include a stunning Blue Glass Sealed Vessel and a beautiful pair of Roman Lion Head Roundels with handles. Last but not lease we are offering a small bronze handle with a delightful representation of Silenus and lovely patina.

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Destinations: Villa Kerylos

Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a Greek-style property built in the early 1900s by French archaeologist Theodore Reinach, and his wife Fanny Kann, a daughter of Maximilien Kann and Betty Ephrussi, of the Ephrussi family. A Greek word, "Kerylos" means Halcyon or kingfisher which in Greek mythology was considered a bird of good omen.

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Household Gods: Private Devotion in Ancient Greece and Rome

Daily religious devotion in the Greek and Roman worlds centered on the family and the home. Besides official worship in rural sacred areas and at temples in towns, the ancients kept household shrines with statuettes of different deities that could have a deep personal and spiritual meaning.

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Temple of Dendur’s Lost Colors Brought to Life at the Met

The Met’s MediaLab has installed a projector that fills in the temple’s carvings with color. Through March 19, one section of the structure’s south side is on view: a scene of the Roman emperor Augustus, dressed as a pharaoh and making an offering to the deities Hathor and Horus. Because the sun would wash out the projector’s light (the gallery has floor-to-ceiling windows), the scene is illuminated on Friday and Saturday evenings, when the Met offers extended hours.

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New Arrivals: Ancient Glass

The passage of centuries has graced us with these splendid objects... aglow with iridescence, making it look as if they were carved from a rare gemstone. The elegant purity of their shape appeals to the modern eye as much as it would have pleased the ancient, proving that classical beauty never goes out of fashion.

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Masterpieces of Islamic Metalwork

The Barakat Gallery has recently acquired a brilliant new collection of Islamic bronzes. Featuring everything from elegantly cast ewers and vessels, to exceptionally engraved 10th century sprinklers and vases. Additional standouts include the oil lamp pictured above, a 12th century lamp stand, and a beautiful mortar and pestle set.

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Barakat Gallery Google Plus Page

Join our circles, check up on gallery updates, and leave a review if you feel so inclined. The new Barakat Gallery Google Plus page is a great resource for anyone interested in keeping up with our collections, new acquisitions, and events worldwide.

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Scarab Pectoral Necklace of Tutankhamun

Created in Cairo in 1969 by the Armenian master jeweler Kevork, this is a completely unique one of a kind necklace made entirely by hand. Inspired by the world renowned tomb finds of King Tutankhamun, this is a modern masterwork conceived and crafted from the design of one of histories most sought after treasures.

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Antique and Modern Jewelry Show | Barakat London

More than fifty magnificent pieces of jewellery will reveal their long history and striking beauty in a unique combination of pieces from the ancient times to the present day, coupling tradition to modern style. Bringing together revival sculptures of astonishing elegance with ancient gems set as modern jewelry, we bridge the gap of time by accompanying imagination to inspiration, talent to skill, craftsmanship to art, by celebrating expression and design.

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Ancient Treasures, Contemporary Jewels

On Thursday October 22nd, 2015, FreyWille and the Barakat Gallery Beverly Hills presented a collection of middle kingdom and late period Egyptian artifacts alongside FreyWille’s collection of Egyptian inspired jewelry. The event was held at FreyWille's US flagship store at 441 N Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

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The Painted City: Art from Teotihuacan | LACMA

This small exhibition, drawn from the museum's extensive collection of the Art of the Ancient Americas, features painted ceramics that come from the ancient city of Teotihuacan. The exhibition includes 14 painted tripod vessels from LACMA’s collection, one of the largest in the United States, and a mural fragment on loan from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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Antiquities at the Barakat Gallery

"Antiquity." The term has undeniable connotations: it suggests something beautiful, something rare, something valuable. Occasionally one is given the special pleasure of encountering a given object that is in every way exceptional – one to which all the connotations of beauty, rarity, and value clearly apply.

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July Feature: Selections in Classical Art

Welcome to our 2nd monthly installment of featured selections. This month we are pleased to offer a wonderful assortment of new and unique items from the Classical collection. Our spotlight this month is on a beautiful second century marble depicting Cupid with a dolphin. At just over 17" inches tall this delightful rendering is not only elegantly carved but attractively sized.

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