Though many representations depict Lady Justice wearing a blindfold, she was originally shown without one, as in this piece. Here, she is holding a sword in her right hand and balancing scales in her left. The sword symbolizes the power of Justice and Reason, and that she is prepared to make sure her decision is carried out. The scales show objectivity and a lack of prejudice, weighing only the merits of a case. This ancient figure has long been adopted by courthouses and government offices around the world.
Goddess and winged messenger of victory in ancient Greece, Nike symbolizes effort and determination against all odds. She is also recognized as a mediator between gods and mortals. Athenians dedicated her statue in Delphi following a naval victory over the Persians in 480 B.C.
Greek Hoplite Warrior
The Greek Hoplite warrior represents power and courage. The Hoplites were the most feared soldiers of the 7th through mid-4th centuries B.C. Their helmets were designed to protect the face and throat, an otherwise easy target. Many helmets had distinctive nose pieces and elaborate horse-hair crests. Body armor was created with bronze and leather. This warrior wears an Early Corinthian Hoplite helmet with characteristic cheek guards designed to cover the face.
This metate (grinding bowl), held aloft by a circle of decorative figures, is a reproduction of a about 900-1100 AD metate from the mainland of Costa Rica. The metate was used for grinding chilies, herbs, and maize.
Both decorative and functional, Ionic columns influenced all architecture that followed. Their smooth, round capitals, detailed and elegant beauty, and exquisite strength helped lay the foundation of the Western World. For thousands of years, these artistic structures have helped build monuments we can still see today. Columns of the Ionic order can be traced throughout the history of Western civilization, from the temples of Ancient Rome to the buildings that define Washington, D.C.
This bowl is from the Admiralty Islands of the Pacific. During her travels to this region in the late 1920's, anthropologist Margaret Meade admired the Admiralty Bowl as a striking blend of beauty and function. The original is located in the American Museum of Natural History.
For the ancient Greeks, columns served to support a temple's facade. The Corinthian column, developed in the 5th century BC, was not widely used until Roman times. Unlike the Doric and Ionic orders, it displayed a profusion of carved acanthus leaves. These column bookends reveal Corinthian columns crowned by a pediment. Each bookend sold separately. Made in the USA.
Dryptosaurus Hand Claw
This claw is an exact replica of one belonging to Dryptosaurus aquilunguis (drip-toe-SORE-us ah-quill-UN-gwiss), a meat-eating dinosaur that roamed parts of eastern North America about 70 million years ago. Along with Hadrosaurus foulkii, it was one of the first dinosaurs discovered in North America. This claw is part of the only known skeleton of Dryptosaurus. It was found in 1866 in a New Jersey quarry and brought to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where it remains to this day. This product is available exclusively through the Academy of Natural Sciences.
7" x 4.5"