Withered lotus leaves and hibiscus appear in this work and convey the essence of autumn. A kingfisher perches quietly and wagtails fly back and forth as a pair of wild geese have just taken wing. Bearing no seal or signature of the artist, this work was attributed traditionally to Ts’ui Po.
Ts’ui Po, a native of Anhwei, served as a court painter in the reigns of Jen –tsung and Shen-tsung. He excelled at painting birds, flowers, and animals, and he was especially gifted at depicting withered lotuses and wild geese as well as Buddhist and Taoist subjects, figures, and spirits. He is said to have never done drafts, working directly with long, powerful strokes, A master of the brush, he also did not use a ruler when drawing straight lines.