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 over 1 1/8" diameter, made by the open face mold technique, of domed form. It is a wheel with ten crenulated or roped spokes with a matching scalloped edge. The hub is of large domed form. It has been professionally refurbished with the silver surface restored. It is mounted on a Sterling silver 18” necklace for modern wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.