Lot 64: Roman Fortuna Statuette
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st-2nd century AD. A bronze figurine of Fortuna standing on a pedestal base wearing a loose chiton and draped with a himation; elaborate four-sided headdress with a spur to each angle; a cornucopia supported on her left arm, with fruit to the upper end. Cf. Rolland, H. Bronzes Antiques de Haute Provence, Paris, 1965, item 144. 65 grams, 75mm (3"). From a private collection; formed 1965-1975. Also known as Tyche in the Greek world, she is first mentioned in the Homeric hymn to Demeter and also appears in Hesiod's Theogony as a daughter of Oceanus. she is known as a saviour goddess but primarily she was the goddess of chance and fortune, who steered the course of human lives, hence the depiction of the rudder that sometimes accompanies her. The overflowing cornucopia alludes to the bounty of good luck that the goddess could provide and her image is one of the most popular to be found in household shrines from the Roman Empire.
Condition Report: Very fine condition; right hand absent, modern repair to base and figure partly detached.