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Jezebel

Biblical, reputedly flourished circa 860 B.C.E., ancient Israel

Jezebel was a ninth-century queen of Israel, wife of King Ahab. She worshipped Baal and Astarte, the god and goddess of fertility, and was condemned for converting Ahab to pagan worship, away from the “true God” of Judaism. After her husband’s death, Jezebel continued to rule through her two sons, but was eventually murdered by the future king Jehu. Her daughter Athaliah was also killed for worshipping Baal and Astarte.

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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