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Neith

Mythic, worshipped in ancient Egypt, circa 3150–30 B.C.E.

The Egyptian goddess Neith (also called Nit, Net, and Neit) had multiple identities. Since her name closely resembles the word for water, she was known as a creation goddess, associated with primordial waters. Her name also means “weaver,” so she was the goddess of weaving and other domestic tasks, which made her a protector of women. However, Neith was originally the goddess of hunting and war, which explains her traditional symbol of a shield with two arrows crossed over it.

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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