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Late Roman/Byzantine period, 5th-8th century AD. The concept of the Rota Fortunae, the Wheel of Fortune, dates back millennia with the Roman goddess Fortunae 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. This example is circular, just over 1" diameter, with eight radial spokes flanked by graduated bead or domed projections. A common form of the Rota Fortunae adapted here by incorporating it into a fashionable, less mystical form, probably as a concession to Christianity, with which this pagan symbol is blended. Professionally refurbished with the silver overlay restored, on an 18” Sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.
Stock Number: B6613

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