What Does Lady Liberty Hold in Her Left Hand?

Lady Liberty, which is generally referred to as the Statue of Liberty, is holding a “tabula ansata,” which is a tablet that evokes the law. The tablet is inscribed with the date July 4, 1776, which is the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

In her other hand, the statue holds a torch. The statue herself is the Roman Goddess of Freedom, Libertas. It was dedicated in 1886 and was a gift from the people of France to the United States. The huge copper statue is located on Liberty Island in Manhattan, New York and stands just over 151 feet tall. It is maintained by the National Park Service.