Balance in her Right Hand
Comes with three accessories:
The balance and two bowls hanging from chains that you assemble.
Cold Cast Bronze with Blue Highlights
Comes in two sizes:
Desktop or Interior Garden Size
12.25 inches high to tip of scale
(11.5 inches to top of head)
31.11 cm high
Garden inside or out; Foyer,
29.5 inches high with
a 15 inch square base
Lady Justice, the Roman Goddess
Justicia (or Justitia), is a personification of the morality that underlies the
legal system. Since the Renaissance, Justitia has frequently been depicted as a
bare-breasted woman carrying a sword and scales, and sometimes wearing a
blindfold. Her modern iconography offers the attributes of several goddesses who
embodied Right Rule for Greeks and Romans, blending Roman blindfolded Fortuna
with Hellenistic Greek Tyche.
Justitia's attributes parallel those of the Hellenic deity Themis, the
embodiment of divine order, law and custom, in her aspect as the personification
of the divine rightness of law. However, the mythological connection is not a
direct one. Themis' daughter Dike was imagined carrying scales: "If some
god had been holding level the balance of Dike" is an image in a surviving
fragment of Bacchylides's poetry.
Justitia is most often depicted with a set of weighing scales typically
suspended from her left hand, upon which she measures the strengths of a case's
support and opposition. She is also often seen carrying a double-edged sword in
her right hand, symbolizing the power of Reason and Justice, which may be
wielded either for or against any party.
Blindfolded symbolism indicates that justice is (or should be) meted out
objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of the identity, power, or
weakness of the defendant.
The earliest Roman coins depicted Justitia with the sword in one hand and the
scale in the other.