Zainab Bahrani is the Edith Porada Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in New York. She is the author of several books on ancient Mesopotamian art and history, most recently Rituals of War: The Body and Violence in Mesopotamia (2008).
"This is a vibrant account of ancient Mesopotamian art, new, contemporary, compelling. It is informed by the long history of the influence of Sumerian visual culture from its collection by Greek satraps in the Hellenistic age to its significance for modern artists, archaeologists, and art historians in mapping out an aesthetic of antiquity in the twentieth century. The book is beautifully written and lavishly illustrated."--Jas Elsner, Corpus Christi College Oxford and the University of Chicago