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

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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

Tomyris
Flourished circa 525 B.C., around Iran and modern-day Romania

Tomyris was an ancient eastern queen and there is scholarly debate over which group of people she actually ruled. Some believe it was the Massagetae in Iran while others say she ruled the Getae, located around modern-day Romania. In 530 B.C., the Persian king Cyrus II waged war against Tomyris and her troops eventually defeated him, gaining much wealth from their victory.

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