Otherwise attributed to Venus, who could admire there
her beauty. Truth was also represented as a nude woman. Artists have
continued to use the mirror, and they explain that it means truth because
one has no other focus than oneself. As Wisdom, the mirror evokes reflection.
In the hands of citizens, it is the terror of the evildoers
and the safeguard of equality. Bundled into a fasces, it symbolized
the union of revolutionaries.
(coq in French)
Symbol of vigilance. By a pun in Latin,
(Gallus = Galois, gailus = coq), it also means the French.