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Blind justice
Fortune of justice
Justice in thought
Justice without fear or favour
Lady justice
Sword of reason and justice
Veiled justice

Lady Justice

Lady Justice

The Lady Justice series explores the iconography depicted in modern representations of the Goddess Justice. Portrayed through sculptures, reliefs and paintings in courthouses, Lady Justice is a personification of the moral force of judicial systems.

Lady Justice has evolved from various goddesses of antiquity and is known by many names.

The earliest surviving examples of Lady Justice come from the Ancient Egyptian Goddess Maat, described in the Pyramid Texts of Unas (ca. 2375 BCE and 2345 BCE) as balancing scales.

The Greek deities Themis and Dike were goddesses of justice. Themis was the embodiment of divine rightness of law, while her daughter Dike, was portrayed balancing scales.

Ancient Rome adopted Lady Justice as their Goddess Iustitia. She was depicted carrying scales and a sword, and wearing a blindfold. The addition of the blindfold and sword blends the Roman Goddess Fortuna (fate) with the Greek deity Tyche (luck) and sword wielding Nemesis (vengeance).

Lady Justice holds the Scales of Justice in her right hand, measuring the strength of a case. In her left hand Justice holds a double-edged sword, wielding reason and justice. In the portrayal of Lady Justice, the blindfold symbolises objectivity.

The phrase Justice is Blind originating from the Ancient Egyptian practice of darkening courtrooms during trials to administer justice by avoiding prejudice.

Blind justice
Blind Justice, 2012, 1118 x 1080 mm | 914 x 785 mm, Archival Pigment, Edition of 6 + 1AP enquire to buy
Fortune of justice
Fortune of Justice, 2012, 1118 x 1080 mm | 914 x 785 mm, Archival Pigment, Edition of 6 + 1AP enquire to buy
Justice in thought
Justice in Thought, 2012, 1118 x 1080 mm | 914 x 785 mm, Archival Pigment, Edition of 6 + 1AP enquire to buy
Justice without fear or favour
Justice without fear or favour, 2012, 1118 x 1080 mm | 914 x 785 mm, Archival Pigment, Edition of 6 + 1AP enquire to buy
Lady justice
Lady Justice, 2012, 1118 x 1080 mm | 914 x 785 mm, Archival Pigment, Edition of 6 + 1AP enquire to buy
Sword of reason and justice
Sword of Reason and Justice, 2012, 1118 x 1080 mm | 914 x 785 mm, Archival Pigment, Edition of 6 + 1AP enquire to buy
Veiled justice
Veiled Justice, 2012, 1118 x 1080 mm | 914 x 785 mm, Archival Pigment, Edition of 6 + 1AP enquire to buy

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