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Ninti

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

The Sumerian goddess Ninti was created by Ninhursaga to heal Enki’s rib. He had eaten forbidden flowers and was then cursed by Ninhursaga, who was later persuaded by the other gods to heal him. Ninti was one of eight goddesses created for this task and her name means both “Lady of the Rib” and “Lady Who Makes Live.” This myth was later adapted in the Book of Genesis as the story of Eve created from Adam’s rib.

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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