Roman Bone Carving - 1976.15

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Intact but for a fragment at the upper left which has been broken off and re-joined; otherwise in good condition with a well-polished surface. The carving is on a section of animal bone (rather than ivory) and shows the figure of Fortuna standing three-quarter right and looking back left. She carries a wreath in her lowered right hand and a cornucopia to her left shoulder.

The design is complete in itself and the edges are smoothly finished. The piece is therefore not a fragment of a vessel but an ornament or fitting to a larger object, perhaps a piece of furniture.

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