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Wheel form just under 1” diameter. Silvered bronze, modeled in high relief as a 12 spoke wheel with the 13 place taken by the suspension loop. The number 13 has been recognized as auspicious in many western religions for millennia. Each spoke terminal with a raised fruit form terminal implying fertility.  Raised spherical hub with blue “stone” (replaced). 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 and mystical meaning. Excellent preservation, with the silver surface and “stone” restored, on an 18” Sterling silver mounted neck chain for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certification of authenticity. 

Stock Number: B9888

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