9th-11th century AD. Classic example of the blend of Christianity with the remnants of earlier Pagan worship which, to a smaller extent, exists today in the form of superstition, such as lucky charms and numbers. Silvered bronze, made by the open face mold process. Wheel form, just over 7/8” diameter with six spokes flanked by circles and scallops, obscuring the underlying form and intent. The Rota Fortunae belongs to the goddess Fortuna who spins it randomly causing the fates of people to be altered dramatically, some with great benefit and others with tragedy. The image was used since Roman times in jewelry and art to bring good fortune.