The present scene shows the Heliades, the sisters of Phaëthon. After his fall, and having lamented his death for four months, they were changed into poplar trees to guard his tomb. Their mother is shown holding one of her daughters - Ovid describes her as trying to break of branches in desperation to save her children (Book 2, lines 344-366).
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Volume 3 - Plaquettes, Oxford, 2014, nos. 476-481
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