Ancient Roman Carnelian Intaglio of Fortuna "Lady Luck"
This is an ancient Roman hardstone intaglio, dating to the 2nd century A.D. It is nicely cut on on a carnelian gemstone, with a representation of the goddess Fortuna. She is shown in a classic pose, holding a rudder and cornucopia. such a gem would have once been set into a gold or silver signet ring, used as a private signature to authenticate letters and transactions. Today this ancient gem has survived intact, though the surfaces are mottled and patinated with great age.
DATE: c. 2nd century A.D.
SIZE: 15mm x 11mm x 3mm
WEIGHT: 1 gram
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection