After much introspection on this picture; I have to apologize for suggesting the female character being justice. The reasoning was a quick assumption
based on where the picture hangs (court house) and the dichotomy of two figures that can be taken as good and evil. After thorough analysis of all the
involved elements, I believe the female figure is actually meant to be Venus, due to the amount of Masonic imagery in this painting.
So instead of giving a personal interpretation; I feel it best to inform other readers of the symbolism of many things contained in the painting, so
that they may draw from their own subconscious as to what the paintings meaning is, in a more personal way.
(Striped Pants) The history of stripes arises from their being strangely identified in medieval western mysticism with the mark of the outcast. As
such, stripes represent everyone from people of other religions to the mentally ill, in short, all those excluded from, or cast out of, society.
Taking on a more prominent role in 12th and 13th century folk literature and palace fiction, stripes became identified with groups such as treacherous
knights, feudal despots, adulterous wives, disobedient children, disloyal brothers, cruel dwarfs and greedy knaves and housemaids, who were almost
always represented in, or forced to wear, striped garments. The black and yellow pattern of stripes are often associated with bees or wasps.
(Purple silk Robe) Symbolizes royalty, the earliest were made of Sea Silk, and dyed purple from harvesting mollusks to produce the ink. Gathering the
materials to make clothing and robes of these materials were tedious and difficult, and became associated with royalty because a commoner simply could
not afford it.
(Top Hats) In Freemasonry, top hats are often associated with the position of Worshipful Master as they are the only member allowed the privilege to
wear one. The red poppy is also known as the remembrance poppy; and usually associated with, Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice
Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in
the line of duty. It is also important to note that a large red silk poppy is a common decoration on Easter hats.
(Black and white checkered tile) Is an old symbol of the Order. It is met with in the earliest rituals of the last century. It is classed among the
ornaments of the lodge along with the indented tessel and the blazing star. Its partly-colored stones of black and white have been readily and
appropriately interpreted as symbols of the evil and good of human life.
(Snow White and Dwarfs) The seven dwarfs represent the seven planes of consciousness that ancient philosophers believed to exist in the universe as
well as inside each person. These planes correspond to the physical realm (body, sensations, emotions and concrete mind) and spiritual realm (pure
mind, intuition, will). It is of interest that two are leaning in looking at the goats finger, which is also phallic in relation to proximity. Snow
white has red hair; in Dutch myth people with red hair bring bad luck. It might also help to think the was a step child to the queen, perhaps you've
heard the phrase "red headed step child".
(Collars) Detachable Collars were usually worn by upperclass men and boys. The collar was supremely uncomfortable, and often used to punish boys who
had disobeyed their parents. A lockable strap and pin could be inserted in tom certain types of collar, which could then be tightened in order to
prevent the removal of the collar.
(Clown Face)The white face character-type is often serious, all-knowing (even if not particularly smart), bossy and cocky. He is the ultimate
authority figure. He serves the role of "straight-man" and sets up situations that can be turned funny.
(Goat man) Pan's name (Πάν) is the Greek word for "all" Pan's goat image recalls conventional faun depictions of Satan. Although Christian use of
Plutarch's story is of long standing, English historian Ronald Hutton argues that this specific association is modern and derives from Pan's
popularity in Victorian and Edwardian neopaganism. Medieval and early modern images of Satan tend, by contrast, to show generic semi-human monsters
with horns, wings and clawed feet.
(Venus) hints at a link with ancient mother/goddess/fertility worship including the worship of her consort, the Horned God. The sign of the horns is
"I Love You" in sign language no thumb used, is in this version also this is a gesture in Buddhism to cast out demons. Venus wears what appears to be
a sleeping mask that is composed of a midnight blue with stars, but has holes taken to represent not being blinded by the darkness.
(Triangle beneath collar) Appears to make a right triangle with a separate color distinction; appearing to be the all seeing eye.
So to anyone interested, what are your thoughts on how all of this ties together?
edit on 24-8-2012 by BigBrotherDarkness because: sp