eath plays a xylophone that seems to be made out of bones. The hourglass is broken. The picture has obviously inspired Allaert Claesz (picture to the right).
The shrubbery with its long stalks is reminiscent of one of Holbein's woodcuts for the Old Testament (picture to the left).
Variations: Birckmann replaces the long stalks with trees and draws a city in the background.