Lot 128: Roman Gold Ring with Fortuna Intaglio
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 3rd century AD. A round-section gold hop supporting a discoid plaque with beaded border, cell with inset jasper cloison, intaglio motif of Fortuna standing with rudder and cornucopia. Cf. Ruseva-Slokoska, L. Roman Jewellery, Sofia, 1991, item 222. 3.79 grams, 19mm overall, 16.19mm internal diameter (approximate size British K 1/2, USA 5 1/2, Europe 10.58, Japan 10) (3/4"). From a Harley Street private collection of jewellery, formed over 25 years. Fortuna, the goddess of fate, destiny and good luck, was extremely popular in the Roman Empire and is one of the most commonly depicted deities. She was intimately connected to the fate of an individual, family, the state and the Imperial family and was often depicted as the protective deity of a city, such as the famous bronze statue of her by Eutychides that stood in the city of Antioch. She is commonly depicted as a matronly figure wearing a crown in the shape of the walls of a city, and carrying a cornucopia, that represented the bounty of good fortune that she could bestow, as well as a rudder that symbolised her guiding the fate of people. The stone was examined in detail by Dr. Bonewitz who observed: 'An attractive yellow-brown jasper, with fine detail in the figure.'
Condition Report: Very fine condition.