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A Roman Eye-Agate Finger Ring with Fortuna Intaglio, ca. 1st Century BCE/CE

RJ1324

This hollow Roman ring of high carat gold is set with a fine convex eye agate intaglio depicting a finely engraved figure of Fortuna, standing, dressed in a himation, holding the cornucopia and a ship's rudder.  The cornucopia symbolizes the goddess's power to bestow wealth and prosperity, while the rudder refers to her ability to guide the destiny of mankind.  The positive influence of the goddess is further enforced with the protective symbolism of the eye agate, thought to assist in finding hidden treasures, increase happiness, build confidence and bring victory.

Dimensions: US ring size 6.5

Condition: The intaglio finely carved, both ring and intaglio intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance: Paul Ilton private collection, acquired in Palestine prior to 1946 and then by descent to his son, Arie Ilton.


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