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Gebjon

Mythic, worshipped in Sweden, exact dates uncertain

More commonly known as Gefion, “the Giver,” she was a Scandinavian fertility goddess, associated with vegetation, the plough, and virgins. The most famous legend about Gefion recalls a plowing contest in which she dressed as a beggar and disguised her four sons as oxen. The land she won in the contest became the Danish island of Zealand. She is also said to be an ancestor of the Swedish kings.

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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