To the left of the Supreme Court building stairs is the "Contemplation of Justice", a sculpture crated by James Earle Fraser, which represents the duties of the Supreme Court. The statue depicts a seated woman holding a book of laws with her left arm and a figure of blindfolded Justice is in her right hand.. The personification of Justice comes from Themis (the Greek goddes of justice and law) and Justicia (one of the four Roman virtues depicted in the form of a woman). The representation of Justice symbolizes the fairness and equality of law, and wears a blindfold as an expression of impartiality.

Fraser described the "Contemplation of Justice" as "a realistic conception of what I consider a heroic type of person with a head and body expressive of the beauty and intelligence of justice."

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