~ Kathy Henderson
  • Details: Hardcover 80 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books
  • ISBN: 1844287467
  • Price: £12.99


Ray's emotive and delicate illustrations, full of decorative pattern and gilded detail, borrow from ancient Sumerian artifacts, and the whole handsomely produced book is a valuable reminder that Iraqi civilisaton is much older than our own.
Sunday Times, May 2006
...Jane Ray's research into Sumerian culture has paid off. Her lavish illustrations in this beautifully made book, ranging from chapter stamps to bold yet intricate double-page spreads and including some delicious, misty silver-and-sepia washes on a mauve-ish background rank with best work.
Above all, I will take away from this book Ray's unblinking representations of dark, almond eyes - eyes innocent, watchful, appealing, laughing, threatening, thankful, loving, weeping - weeping over people at war in Sumer, which we now call Iraq.
The Guardian, July '06
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