74: A Roman Marble Statuette of Fortuna
Rome, Ca. 1st-2nd Century AD. Marble figure of Fortuna, Roman Goddess who is equated with the Greek goddess Tyche, an ancient goddess of the Italic peninsula. Her name means "fortune" and she is associated with both bona (good) and mala (bad) fortune, chance, and luck. This example shows her standing, with her weight on her right leg, wearing a tunic clinging to her body, revealing its form beneath, her mantle draped over her left shoulder, across her waist in a diagonal roll over the left arm, and wrapping around her legs; the bottom portion of a fruit-filled cornucopia in her right hand, her left hand lowered holding up the fold of her tunic; a headless Cupid (symbol of victory) sits upon her left shoulder. Custom muesum-quality stand. This statue was likely part of the cult of Fortuna Victrix. Fortuna Victrix was worshipped in order to secure victory in battle.12"H x 4-1/2"W.
For similar example, see Christie's Sale 7952, 8 April 1998 London, South Kensington, Lot 237.
Provenance: Ex-Prominent New York City, New York Gallery.
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