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

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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

Iltani
Flourished circa 1750 B.C., Babylonia (modern-day Iraq)

Little is known about Iltani except that she was a member of the Babylonian ruling family, either the sister of Hammurabi or his granddaughter through his son, Samsuiluna, who took the throne after him. She was a priestess and also owned several estates, for which she had her own managers. Judging by the recorded dates of Hammurabi's and Samsuiluna's reigns (1792–1750 and 1749–1712 B.C.), she must have lived in the mid- or late eighteenth century B.C.

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