Roman Bronze Fortuna Statuette

$696.33

A fine Roman statuette of Fortuna cast from bronze. The deity wears a draped chiton and a modius on top of her neatly drawn back bun at the nape. Her right arm is resting on a rudder while her left hand holds a cornucopia, common characteristics of Fortuna. The statuette has been mounted on to a custom-made block.

Date: Circa 2nd-3rd century AD
Provenance: Ex David Miller collection, St Albans, acquired 1970s-1990s
Condition: Excellent condition, brown patina to the surface. Measurements of statuette itself; 5.3cm height, 1.9cm width

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SKU: LD-583 Category: Tag:

Fortuna, the daughter of Jupiter and Greek counterpart Tyche, is the goddess of good luck, fortune and prosperity. The cornucopia is represented by a horn which was endlessly overflowing with fruits and vegetables symbolising Fortuna’s attribute of many gifts of fortune. The ship’s rudder was used to control fate, whether that be good or bad. Fortuna’s cult was widespread across the Roman Empire, she was acknowledged publicly for the protection of the state but also privately for voyages and individual fates. Many would worship Fortuna on the 1st of January in the hopes the goddess would bless the new year. She had many temples placed around the Empire and was worshipped by all including soldiers, low class, upper class and even the Emperor, each for individual prosperity and good fortune.

To find out more about Roman goddesses, please visit our relevant blog post: Roman Goddesses in Mythology.

Weight 44.9 g
Dimensions W 1.9 x H 5.8 cm
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