Daphne, fleeing from Phoebus (Apollo) but being helplessly caught and her forces weakened, prays to her father Peneus: Destroy the beauty that has injured me, or change the body that destroys my life.
Before her prayer was ended, torpor seized on all her body, and a thin bark closed around her gentle bosom, and her hair became as moving leaves; her arms were changed to waving branches, and her active feet as clinging roots were fastened to the ground—her face was hidden with encircling leaves.
▪Musical Clock with Spinet and Organ.
Maker: Veit Langenbucher (1587–1631)
Maker: Samuel Bidermann (German, 1540–1622)
Date: ca. 1625
Geography: Augsburg, Germany
Medium: Ebony, gliding, brass, silver gilt, gilt brass, iron, various wood and metals, wire, parchment and leather