For nearly four centuries, the
Amsterdam Maiden held sway over the world which lay at her feet in the floor of
the Citizen’s Hall. A fitting image as it was from Amsterdam that ships voyaged
out to sea, acquiring valuable goods from across the globe. It made the city
the economic centre of the world. The Amsterdam Maiden achieved this with the
help of Strength (left, the woman with the lionskin) and Wisdom (right, the
woman with the helmet).