sword and scales

sword and scales

attributes of St. Michael as devil-fighter and judge. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 98]
See: Justice
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When comparing such cases, I sometimes wonder whether or not there is such an entity as the sword and scales of justice.
But he was forced to hand in his fake sword and scales before being allowed into Derby crown court.
In Jacobello del Fiore's 1421 triptych for the judges of the Magistrato del Proprio, Justice appears with her familiar attributes of the sword and scales. But she is enthroned between two live lions, and so with perfect clarity assimilates into herself the concepts of Wisdom and Venice.