On the bank of a stream below a thicket of rushes a single wild goose has paused idly. The figure of the goose was first double-outlined with light and dark ink and then filled in with ink washes; umber and indigo were finally added to bring out the richness and lustre of its feathers. The silk ground was lightly limned in light ink washes to further emphasize the clarity of the forms as well as to contribute to the wintry atmosphere that infuses the entire painting.On the rocky slope is the signature "Ts’ui Po of Hao-liang." Ts’ui Po, (whose style name was Tzu-hsi) came from Hao-liang in Anhwei. He entered the Imperial Academy of Painting as an artist-in-apprenticeship duringg the reign of Jen-tsung Emperor (r.1022-1063). He specialized in painting flowers and birds and was particularly skilled in such subjects as flowers and bamboo, hares, dexayed lotuses, wild ducks, and wild geese.