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

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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

Tetisheri
Flourished circa 1605–1550 B.C., ancient Egypt

Tetisheri was an important figure in the Egyptian royal family of late Dynasty 17 and early Dynasty 18, from around 1605 to 1550 B.C. The wife of Tao I Seqenenre, mother of Tao II Seqenenre, and grandmother of Kamose and Ahmose I, all pharaohs, she was the designated Great Wife and enjoyed many powers and privileges that other queens before her had not held. Born into a common family, she rose quickly to power through her marriage and seems to have been highly esteemed, evident by the pyramid and mortuary temple built for her by one of her grandsons.

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