Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Tefnut

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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

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

Tefnut, literally "moist waters," was the Egyptian goddess of water and fertility. Legend states that the sun god Ra sneezed and Shu was born, then he cleared his throat and Tefnut was born. With her brother Shu, she created both Geb and Nut. Tefnut is often depicted as a cat, a symbol of war, relating to a myth in which she fought with Shu and fled Egypt.

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