Roman Marble Head of Fortuna


Roman Marble Head of Fortuna

An ancient Roman large marble head of the goddess Fortuna (Tyche), with a serene expression, her lips slightly parted revealing her teeeth, her hair swept back under a mural crown.

Ca. 1st - 2nd century AD.
Height: 15 in. (38 cm).
Carrara marble.
Traces of original pigment in the hair.

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 a private collection, Geneva, Switzerland, 1960's; at auction, Christie's, New York, June 10, 2010, lot 158; English private collection; Royal-Athena Galleries, published, "Art of the Ancient World, 2012" no. 26; New York private collection.

Inv#: 6060


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