ROMAN WHEEL OF FORTUNE, ROTA FORTUNAE, PENDANT 1st-5th CENTURY
Silvered bronze. 4/5” diameter. Wheel form with reeded edge. Six circular piercings spaced evenly forming six spokes leading to a raised central mound with a large crisp depression to the center. Incised decorations to the spokes and edge of the wheel. The concept of the Rota Fortunae, the Wheel of Fortune, dates back millennia with the Roman goddess Fortuna capriciously deciding the fate of men with a spin of her wheel, often sweeping them up to unprecedented new wealth and prosperity. It has proven to be an enduring symbol and concept even through the Christianization of Rome and into the Middle Ages as evidenced by the highly influential works of the late Roman philosopher and statesman Boethius. A fine ancient piece deeply imbued with historical meaning. Professionally refurbished with silver overlay restored and mounted on a modern sterling silver chain for contemporary wear.