Ancient Art. 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. Objects of this sort are not merely the traces of ancient civilizations, they are more monuments telling us what civilization is, to what it can attain, the extent to which the mind of man can express itself with grace and imagination. Almost always one’s contact with these exceptional antiquities occurs in the great public museums of the world. One usually sees these objects behind the requisite plate glass or roped off from access, and one admires but only from afar. These are not objects to be touched or held.
The Barakat Gallery, with numerous showrooms across three different continents, is quite possibly the one exception to that rule. Though there are without doubt countless dealers, auction houses, and galleries displaying and selling items of this sort, it is always with a fair amount of limitation. Whether it be period, culture, style, or type. The Barakat Collection is quite possibly the largest and most comprehensive collection of ancient art for sale to be found anywhere in the world. The term “Ancient Art,” generally applies to the many types of art produced by advanced cultures of ancient societies with some form of writing, such as those of ancient China, India, Mesopotamia, Persia, Israel, Egypt, Greece and Rome. It can also be used to describe Pre-Columbian Art and traditional forms of African and Tribal Art. And Unlike virtually all other sellers and dealers of ancient art the world over, the Barakat Collection encompasses every single one of these categories, and proudly displays a significant number of museum quality pieces produced by each one of these ancient civilizations. If you are looking to find objects of high quality and unparalleled craftsmanship from nearly every ancient culture spanning the globe, you have come to the right place. We invite you through these pages to open a door to a different world and experience not only the beauty of ancient times, but also the magic and mystery that enveloped them.