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Abigail

Biblical, reputedly flourished circa 950 B.C.E., ancient Israel

According to the Old Testament, Abigail saved the life of her husband, Nabal the Carmelite, when King David tried to kill him for refusing to be hospitable to him and his men. When Nabal died shortly after, Abigail became David’s third wife and they had a son. She was known as a woman who sought peace over violence, and often cooled David’s temper to keep him from acting irrationally, the most noted example, of course, being when he sought to kill her first husband.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (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
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

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