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Adapted from a rare Victorian silver picture frame - probably European in origin. Justice - who surmounts the frame - is chief of the four cardinal virtues - the others being Prudence - Fortitude - and Temperance. Her sword represents her power - the scales ( a refinement dating from the Roman era) her impartiality. The dove at the bottom represents the relationship defined in Psalm 85 ( verse 10) "Justice and Peace join hands." The figure of Justice is commonly seen on buildings wherever the law is administered. 8 inches high. European Ca. 1880.
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