The foreground of this painting consists of a slope with a small bridge at the right and scattered homes. The left part of the middle- and background shows ridges and layered peaks connected together; the right part is enveloped in clouds and mists, from which only part of the peaks and cliffs protrude. After the forms in the painting had been outlined, they were mostly filled with repetitive horizontal strokes for the leaves and moss dots, creating a slightly static effect.
A painting by this title frequently appears in the painting catalogues of the Ming and Qing dynasties; Huang Gongwang did the work for his close friend Yang Weizhen. “Iron Precipice” was Yang’s alternate name, because he had a studio at Mt. Iron Precipice during his youth. In the work on display here, the calligraphy of the inscription by Tang Di and the signature by Huang Gongwang appear to come from the same hand, suggesting a copy from the late Ming to early Qing period based on an earlier source.