ROMAN 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 under 3/4” diameter (0.67”), made by the open face mold technique, with high relief representation of an eight-spoke wheel with a concentric circle center, probably representing the evil eye and intended to deflect the “evil glance”, probably as a concession to Christianity, to which this is contrary. The spokes with ball terminals and the perimeter with raised pelleted edge. It has been professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored. It is suspended on a gilt Sterling silver necklace for modern wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.