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Ninhursaga

Mythic, worshipped in Sumer (modern-day Iraq), circa 3500–2500 B.C.E.

Ninhursaga (Ninhursag) was the Sumerian equal of Aruru. Also called Ki (“earth”) and “Lady of the Foothills,” she was the wife of Enki, god of culture, and with him created plant life, embodied by her daughter Ninsar, goddess of the pasture. Ninhursaga was also wed to Enlil, half brother of Enki, and bore many children by him, one of which was Ninurta, the mighty hunter.

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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