Tyche (the deified personification of Chance or
Fortune) was one of the most popular deities in
the ancient world. Unlike other goddesses she
possessed no myth, being regarded more as a
concept. Particularly popular in Imperial Rome,
she became an emblem of the providence and
chance to which the world is subjected. Every city
had their own Tyche, represented as a beautiful
women crowned with towers to symbolize her
role as guardian. This beautiful sculpture depicts
the bust of this benevolent goddess wearing her
distinctive turreted crown emerging from the
cylindrical form of the lower half of the work.
She is majestic and powerful, but also
approachable, since fortune is a right by which
we all may be blessed.