Colossal Roman Marble Head of Fortuna

 

Colossal Roman Marble Head of Fortuna

An ancient Roman colossal marble head of the goddess Fortuna (Tyche), with a serene expression, her hair swept back under a mural crown.

Ca. 1st century AD.
Height: 15 in. (38 cm).
Carrara marble.

The goddess Fortuna (Greek: Tyche) was a daughter of Zeus, who presided originally over all happenings, both good and bad. Later she became the personification of Luck or Chance, and was invoked before risky undertakings like travel, military campaigns, athletic competitions, gambling, and courtship. She was also viewed as a protective civil deity. She was often depicted wearing a crown of city walls (mural crown), and holding a ship's rudder, and cornucopia.

Formerly in an English private collection, 1970's or earlier.

Inv#: 6060

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