Figures of Justice

Sort of like the Justice League, without the super heros :-)


One of the most recognized legal symbols visible in the architecture of the Supreme Court Building is the female figure representing Justice, who is depicted in three sculptural groups. Portraying Justice as a female figure dates back to depictions of Themis and Justicia in ancient mythology. Themis, known for her clear-sightedness, was the Greek Goddess of Justice and Law. In Roman mythology, Justicia (Justice) was one of the four Virtues along with Prudence, Fortitude and Temperance. Over time, Justice became associated with scales to represent impartiality and a sword to symbolize power. During the 16th century, Justice was often portrayed with a blindfold. The origin of the blindfold is unclear, but it seems to have been added to indicate the tolerance of, or ignorance to, abuse of the law by the judicial system. Today, the blindfold is generally accepted as a symbol of impartiality, but may be used to signify these other traits in political cartoons. To the left of the steps leading to the main entrance is Contemplation of Justice by James Earle Fraser. In this sculpture, a seated female figure reflects on a small figure of Justice that she holds in her right hand (right and detail above). The figure of Justice is blindfolded and cradles a set of scales in her arms.


Source: Office of the Curator -Supreme Court of the United States

  • Finiky PRO 8y

    great shot
  • Nis Jensen 8y

    Interesting - like your cropping here!!!
  • Scott Robinson PRO 8y

    Thanks Kim!

    Nis, I wanted to focus on the statues, and decided to leave some of the dark areas on the right. It made for a wide crop, but I liked the feel it gave the photo.
  • CuteeSmilee 7y

    whoa, that is so cool
  • alex_buzatu 5y

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  • Tsvet 5y

    I love this photo!! It's inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing!
  • Paula Summerwind 4y

    Thank you for the beautiful picture. I use it for my article at Supreme Scrutiny of the Once Popular Healthcare Reform..
  • liz952 9mo

    Hi Scott!

    Thank you so much for sharing this powerful photo. I love the colors - and the message.

    I used your photo, with attribution, in an article I wrote about Law Day, which is observed annually on May 1st. Here is a link to the article:

    I hope you are satisfied with the way in which I've used your photo and I also hope you enjoy the article.

    Thank you,
    Lizzie Williams
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