When you buy a box of assorted greeting cards, there's always one that has the kind of picture you don't feel you can send to anyone - like this naked woman lying in a rain-drenched leaf bed, covered in snails.
Yet this lonely and slightly sad looking lady is, in fact, a goddess. And, because after days of rain this month my garden seems over-run with snails, I have chosen her as The Bad Witch's Goddess of the Week.
She came into my life about five years ago - one of a set of otherwise delightful images of Goddesses in a box of notecards called just that - Goddesses.
All the illustrations are by Japanese artist Mayumi Oda, but neither the cards nor the box they came in give the goddesses' names and I'm not sufficiently familiar with Japanese deities to recognise them.
The snail lady seems to me to suggest sexuality - in a kind of wet and slimy way - so perhaps she is a fertility deity.
According to a note on the box, the pictures all originally appeared in a book entitled I Opened the Gate, Laughing: An Inner Journey, which looks a lovely book. It isn't one I own, but I think I'm going to be adding it to my wish list soon. Maybe it will help me solve the Mystery of the Snail Goddess.
In the meantime, if anyone reading A Bad Witch's Blog thinks they can identify her - do let me know by leaving a comment below.
I Opened the Gate, Laughing: An Inner Journey, by Mayumi Oda, costs £2.45 through Amazon. Goddesses Deluxe Notecards, featuring illustrations by Mayumi Oda are also available through Amazon.