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Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Freya

Mythic, worshipped in Germany and northern Europe, exact dates uncertain

Freya, meaning “female ruler,” comes to us from Norse mythology as a goddess of fertility, love, sex, war, and prophecies. Considered very beautiful, she was known to have an affinity for jewelry—naming her daughter Hnoss, “jewel”—and one of her most well-known legends recounts her efforts to obtain a famous necklace. Freya was also a battle goddess, often associated with the boar, an aggressive creature, and said to ride into battle on a chariot drawn by two giant cats.

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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