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

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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

Kubaba
Flourished circa 2500 B.C., Kish, Sumer (modern-day Iraq)

Kubaba (also Kug-Baba or Kubau) is the only queen listed among the Sumerian rulers. She was said to have reigned for 100 years, during a time characterized by peace and prosperity. Originally a tavern keeper, Kubaba ruled Kish during its third (and last) dynasty. Dates are uncertain, but she probably lived some time in or around the twenty-fifth century B.C.

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