Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Alexandra of Jerusalem

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Alexandra of Jerusalem
b. 139 B.C., Judea (modern-day Israel); d. 67 B.C., Judea

Salome Alexandra of Jerusalem took the throne as an independent queen of Judea in 76 B.C., after the death of her husband. During her reign, Alexandra effectively mediated internal tensions and Judea experienced peace and prosperity. When she died in 67 B.C., it was as the last ruler of an independent Jewish state in Palestine, as a civil war began almost immediately upon her son's succession.

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