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Brigid

Mythic, worshipped in Celtic Ireland, beginning circa 600 B.C.E.

Brigid, which means “exalted one,” was a Celtic goddess born of the all-powerful god Dagda and wife to one of the mythological Celtic kings. She was a goddess of many elements, including fire, warfare, crafts, poetry, and wisdom. Brigid is also the goddess of childbirth and children, making her the patron of midwifery. Her name and many of her attributes can also be found in the legends surrounding the Irish Catholic saint Bridget.

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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