Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Aruru

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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

Aruru
Mythic, worshipped by the Akkadians of Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq), circa 2350–2150 B.C.

The creation goddess Aruru originated in Akkadian culture, which formed around the ancient Mesopotamian city of Akkad; she has parallels in both Sumerian and Babylonian cultures. She was identified in the Epic of Gilgamesh as the creator of Enkidu, the mythical savage who was raised by animals. Aruru made him from a lump of clay in the image of Anu, the lord of heaven and king of gods.

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