While many of Ligozzi's drawings were executed as works of art in their own right, the partially incised outlines and reddened verso of this drawing indicate that it may have been a preparatory study for a print. A small number of Ligozzi's drawings were reproduced in chiaroscuro woodcuts by Andrea Andreani (circa 1546-1623), but no print related to this drawing is known. It shows Ocnus (or Oknos), who was a figure symbolic of futility, or unending labour. Ocnus was condemned to spend eternity weaving a rope of straw which was eaten by a donkey almost as fast as it was made. Another allegorical drawing by Ligozzi, showing Avarice, and also executed in a highly finished style, is in the National Gallery of Art, Washington (Inv. 1984.56.1).