BYZANTINE WHEEL OF FORTUNE AMULET NECKLACE, 5th-8th CENTURY AD
The Wheel of Fortune (Rota Fortuna) is one of the most enduring of ancient philosophical or religious concepts. It was pivotal in Ancient Greek and Roman Paganism and smoothly transitioned into Christianity, aided by the Roman philosopher, Boethius in his 523 treatises, The Consolation of Philosophy. Its popularity grew with Christianity’s spread, represented in art, including Chaucer and Shakespeare, for two. Its popularity among the common folk who were most likely to be affected by misfortune resulted in widespread reliance on amulets representing the Wheel of Fortune. cathedral windows and literature. This amulet is slightly over 3/4” diameter, made by the open face mold technique, with high relief representation of a wheel with exaggerated components to partially obscure its pagan origin in respect to Christianity. The large central hub and perimeter rim are joined by 16 radial stylized leaf forms representing the spokes. It has been professionally refurbished with the pure silver surface restored. It is mounted on a Sterling silver necklace for modern wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.