Seller: wear-the-past (2,024) 99.7%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371786159762 ............ This is a great looking ancient Roman carnelian intaglio, dating to the 2nd century A.D. It is superbly cut with a classic representation of the goddess Tyche/Fortuna, holding rudder and cornucopaie. Tyche, Greek goddess of luck or chance, known as Fortuna to the Romans, was a popular deity, especially in the Roman world. The benevolent blessings of Tyche/Fortuna were eagerly sought, especially in matters involving risk taking, contests, business or war. Fortuna appears frequently on roman coins minted to pay the army, for she was thought to bring victory in battle. Tyche is usually depicted as a beautiful woman, dressed in flowing robes, and carrying a cornucopia (a horn of plenty) as a symbol of wealth and abundance. She also appears steering a ships rudder, a metaphor for guiding the successful course in life. Small devotional statues of Fortuna and talismanic jewelry bearing her image were popular throughout the vast Roman Empire. Her cult survives in the modern world in the person of "lady luck", frequently invoked by gamblers. This ancient gem would have once been mounted into a silver or gold finger ring, worn for both success and good fortune, but also to act as a private signature in letters and transactions. The gem is in excavated condition, it would benefit gentle cleaning and remounting into a modern gold signet ring.OBJECT: IntaglioCULTURE: RomanDATE: c. 2nd century A.D.MATERIAL: CarnelianSIZE: 11.29mm x 8.56mm x 2.80mmWEIGHT: 0.4gThis item is guaranteed authentic and dates to the period described. A written guarantee can be provided on request. We accept returns if you are not satisfied with your purchase.I am a fully qualified Archaeologist and small finds specialist. All items can be viewed in person on request at Grays, Mayfair in London. Please see my website for details. Condition: excellent excavated condition, Type: Intaglio, Material: Carnelian, Colour: Orange, Culture: Roman, Date: c. 2nd century A.D.