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Law and Government

The Muse of Law and Government holds both a scale and a naked sword in her hands, representing the responsibility of law to impartially weigh the truth and to swiftly defend and uphold what is right. The night setting-reminiscent of a night watch-testifies to the importance of eternal vigilance-law and good government cannot afford to sleep. Even the color of her clothing is symbolic. White stands for purity and green for hope. This muse is identified with the goddess Athena of Greek myth, probably one of the most recognizable allegorical figures.

Source: Michigan History Magazine (January/February 1999)