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Engraved Gemstone with Fortuna (Tyche)

Fortuna (called Tyche by the Greeks) was the goddess of fate and luck. Especially favored by the Romans, she appeared frequently on Roman coins and gems. On this engraved gem, which was originally placed into a signet ring, she is easily recognized by her distinctive attributes: a radiant crown, a cornucopia, and ship’s rudder.

Engraved Gemstone with Fortuna (Tyche)
Imperial period, 1st century BC–1st century AD
L. 5/8 in. (1.5 cm), W. 7/16 in. (1.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 66.32.9