Musical Cruise on the Lotus Pond

Three women are seated underneath a blue-trimmed canopy to protect them from the sun. The woman in a grey robe plays the xiao flute (箫) as a woman wearing pink and another in green listen. At the front prow of the boat, a grey cloth is tied, waiting for docking. A wave pattern adorns the side of the brown boat. An attendant prepares some refreshment for the seated ladies, bending over a red tray filled with white vessels. Two white cups are placed on freshly picked lotus leaf mats. At the stern of the vessel a standing oars-person uses the single oar to paddle and steer the pleasure boat among the lotuses.