Feminist art pioneer Judy Chicago dared to explore color, geometry and the female form like no one before her. The Dinner Party, 1974-79, comprises a massive ceremonial banquet, arranged on a triangular table with a total of thirty-nine place settings, each commemorating an important woman from history. The settings consist of embroidered runners, gold chalices and utensils, and china-painted porcelain plates with raised central motifs that are based on vulvar and butterfly forms and rendered in styles appropriate to the individual women being honored.
Amazon societies, thought to have existed during the third and second millennia B.C., were communal, clan-based cultures and were egalitarian, democratic, and generally peaceable. The plate incorporates symbols and colors associated with the Amazons: the white egg, red crescent, and black stone, which are joined to form the body of this mythical warrior woman. These motifs are combined with metallic breastplates, thought to have been worn by Amazons in battle. On either side of the center image is an upraised lustered double ax, or labyris, an integral part of Amazon cultures, used in felling trees, clearing land, and worshipping the Goddess.
This bone china plate was designed in 1974-79 and created in 2018 in a limited edition of 150 plates. It comes complete with a certificate of authenticity and a beautiful cushioned box for storage and gift giving. Dishwasher safe but hand-washing is recommended, do not microwave. Measures 10.75 in.