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Maacah

Biblical, reputedly flourished circa 915 B.C.E., Judah (modern-day Israel)

Daughter of King David’s son Absalom, Maacah (Maachah) was a queen and, depending upon the version of the story, the mother or the grandmother of Asa, king of Judah. Asa began to revive the practices of his ancestor King David for the purpose of ensuring proper conduct before God. Toward that end, Asa ejected prostitutes, destroyed all idols, and removed Maacah from her royal position because she had built an obscene memorial to the whore goddess Asherah. Asa tore down the memorial and burned the site where it was located in the Kidron Valley.

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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