Ring inset with intaglio representing Fortuna

Unknown220 - 100 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Fortuna, the personification of good luck, decorates the carnelian intaglio of this very large gold ring. She is shown leaning on a pillar holding her attributes of the double cornucopia and staff. Like a modern signet ring, the image of Fortuna is engraved beneath the surface level of the stone and would yield an impression in relief. The stone is set into a hollow bezel made from sheet gold, as is the finger loop. Four repoussé bands surround the stone on the front of the bezel. Although the large size of this ring is unusual for a Greek ring, such large rings were favored in Ptolemaic Egypt.


  • Title: Ring inset with intaglio representing Fortuna
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 220 - 100 B.C.
  • Location Created: Egypt
  • Physical Dimensions: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gold and carnelian
  • Object Type: Ring
  • Number: 92.AM.8.9
  • Culture: Greek
  • Classification: Jewelry

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