Readers with even a trace of classical education will recognize this as a moment in the story of Daphne and Apollo, the rapey tale of a god who so persistently stalked an unwilling nymph that she begged for (and got) divine intervention that turned her into a tree:

tree with breasts

What’s interesting about this particular medallion image is that it captures Daphne just as her “limbs” have turned to actual limbs and roots, while the rest of her body remains (as yet) unchanged. I don’t know how Apollo would have felt, but I’m sure there are fetishists out there who would have been delighted if the transformation stopped right there. I suspect Apollo himself would have preferred it!

Similar Sex Blogging: