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Bel-Shalti-Narrar

Flourished circa 554 B.C.E., Babylon (modern-day Iraq)

The correct spelling of this name is BEL-SHALTI-NANNA. Bel-Shalti-Nanna, a Babylonian princess, was recorded as high priestess of the Temple of Sin at Ur in 554 B.C.E. She was the daughter of Nabonidus, the last king of Babylon who, reigning from 555 to 539 B.C.E., preferred the study of archaeology and antiquities to the governance of his country. Some accounts say that Bel-Shalti-Nanna had some involvement in her father’s hobbies, perhaps helping him to establish small museums dedicated to his findings.

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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