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Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. A cast bronze figurine representing Fortuna, the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Tyche, the goddess of luck and chance, holding a cornucopia which signified wealth with its overflowing fruits in her left hand and a ploughshare in her right. She stands proudly, elegantly draped in flowing vestments, and donning a large crown with cow horns - of the type worn by Isis. Due to Isis's power over fate, she was linked with the classical goddess of good fortune. Statuettes of Fortuna were quite popular during Roman Imperial times. Such statuettes were placed in the lararium - a household shrine - as household deities to provide safety and prosperity to the house Size: 4.375" H (11.1 cm); 5.25" H (13.3 cm) on included custom stand.

Throughout time, humanity has put forth immense efforts toward bringing about good fortune. History has provided many manifestations of this in the form of good luck charms. Even in the modern era, people carry rabbits' feet, blow on dice before tossing them, or wear a "lucky" color shirt to a job interview. The classical era was no different, and the goddess Fortuna/Tyche stood as a symbol of luck and chance for many ancient Greeks and Romans. Initially, she was viewed as a protector of ancient cities and civilizations; however, later Fortuna/Tyche evolved to become a guiding light, a symbol of Lady Luck, for individuals.

Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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Condition

There is a small area of loss/break to the middle of the ploughshare in her right hand. Small area of encrustation to back hem of her drapery. Otherwise, a generally excellent example with gorgeous deep green patina.

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Roman Bronze Fortuna / Isis Figure

Estimate $2,800 - $4,000Dec 5, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA