In this drawing, a rich assemblage of birds gathers in the branches of a blossoming tree, and a pair of partridges stand on the mound of earth below. The drawing is executed in an exacting pointillist technique in shades of gray. The gul-o-bulbul, or rose-and-nightingale, motif was employed in both Persian literature and painting. In poetry, it symbolized the lover and the beloved entwined in either an earthly or divine union. The motif appeared on all types of objects and album folios, and became especially popular among European collectors.