Ma’at was the goddess and personification of truth and justice. Pharaohs were often shown holding out a statue of Ma‘at as an offering to the gods. Judges in the ancient land were considered representatives of Ma’at’s divine order. The ancients believed that on Judgment Day in the Hall of Truth, the
deceased’s heart would be weighed on the scales of justice, balanced by the feather of Ma’at.
The ancients appealed to Ma’at for justice, truth, divine order and righteousness.
Ma’at was shown as a woman with a single feather balanced on her head. That single feather was by itself the symbol of truth.