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Alukah

Mythic, exact dates uncertain, by 500 B.C.E.

Biblical scholars describe Alukah as a succubus or vampire, perhaps a cognate of Lilith, a female demon in rabbinic literature who derives from Mesopotamian demonology. In Hebrew, alukah means “horseleech,” a type of leech with many teeth that feeds in the throats of animals.

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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