What is the Statue of Liberty holding in her left hand?


The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. She is holding a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) in her left hand, upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. It is a gift from the people of France to the United States. On her right hand she bears a torch.
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