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  Wheel of Fortune  
Roman de la Rose by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, with revisions by Gui de Mori
France, Paris, c. 144080
The Workshop of Maître François

Wheel of Fortune. The blindfolded figure of Fortune holds a wheel on which there are four human characters. One rises on the left, one sits on top, one falls on the right, and the fourth is trapped under the wheel. The wheel illustrates the rise and fall of men's fortunes, and the scrolls held by the four men read: "I shall reign," "I reign," "I have reigned," and "I have no kingdom."

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Philip S. Collins in memory of her husband, 1945-65-3, fol. 38

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