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

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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

The Norns
Mythic, worshipped in Scandinavia, exact dates uncertain

The Norns were the Norse goddesses of fate, represented as three sisters named Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld. They lived underneath the world tree, where they wove the tapestry of fate. In Scandinavian mythology, each life was believed to be a single string in this tapestry and the length of that string correlated to the length of each life. Everything was thought to have been preordained and even the gods had threads in the tapestry, although the Norns did not allow the gods to see their own strings.

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