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

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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

Encheduanna
b. circa 2285 B.C., Ur, Sumer–d. circa 2250 B.C., Ur, Sumer (modern–day Iraq)

The correct spelling of this name is ENHEDUANNA.

Enheduanna was a high priestess in Ur, an ancient Sumerian city. The oldest known author in the world, she wrote in cuneiform and left three known works: two hymns to the goddess Inanna and a third concerned with the sacred temples, their priests, and their gods. Enheduanna described herself as a daughter of Sargon, a Mesopotamian ruler, but the statement may or may not be literal.

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