Roman Carnelian Intaglio 18Kt Gold Ring depicting Goddess Fortune

€3.900,00
  • • Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Authentic Intaglio 2nd Cent AD • Gemstone: Carnelian • 7 US Adjustable • Band material: Gold 18KT

An authentic Roman carnelian from the 2nd century AD has been set in this 18 kt gold ring which depicts the goddess Fortuna with her attributes, the Cornucopia and the rudder. Fortuna was originally an Italic fertility goddess, literally the bringer of fertility. According to tradition she was worshipped since the reign of the legendary Ancus Marcius and her cult was formally introduced by Servius Tullius. She had a temple in the Forum Boarium and a sanctuary on the Quirinal. Her name appears to derive from the Etruscan deity Voltumna - 'she who revolves the year'. She is also identified with Tyche, the Greek goddess of chance. Her attributes include a rudder (emblematic of fortuitous guidance) and a cornucopia (horn of plenty).