Lot 65: Republican Roman gold ring with cornelian intaglio of Fortuna Gubernatrix, goddess of fate, commerce, bounty
November 30, 2016
Boston, MA, USALive Auction
Description: A superb large Republican Roman hollow gold ring set with a large elliptical red cornelian carve in intaglio with an image of Fortuna Gubernatrix, Goddess of Fate, Commerce, and Bounty, patron of Shipping and Industry, She stands right, draped and wearing a fillet, she cradles a Cornucopia in her right arm, a sheaf of grain and a ship's rudder in her outstretched left hand. Intact, 1st Century BC, Italy or Turkey.
Ring size is approximate, since ancient rings are not perfectly round.
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Provenance: Private European collection of Mme. A. late 1970's.
Dimensions: 2.7 cm (1"), US size 6+
Literature: Published, Antiquarium, Ltd., "Women In Ancient Art." (New York, 1997), p. 24.
Medium: Gold, cornelian