What it looks like is a child attempting to climb a telephone pole in pursuit of some toys (and some regular household items?) that some evil person has tied up there for unknown reasons. Yet, upon further examination, it looks more like a mast of a ship than a telephone pole. But why are all these toys tied up on a mast of ship? And why are all these traditionally-dressed people on a ship? And where's the rest of the ship? The higher child seems relentless in pursuits of the toys/appliances; it seems the second child is trying to hold him back while using the man's head as a stepping stone. Is this a comment on consumerism? A depiction of a weird Christmas tradition? An attempt to express that kitchen appliances are like toys for adults? I have no idea but I'm headed back there tomorrow and hope to find out.