When the triptych is closed, the world is depicted as inside a transparent orb or sphere. In the top left corner, the small figure of God sits and holds a book, possibly the Bible. This image is reported to depict the Third Day of Creation.
We find more oddities when we look further ahead to the middle ground, which has a large lake with a towering pink structure atop what appears to be a small mound of crystally rock, almost as if it fell from the sky onto it.
This panel is filled with figures cavorting. Some are eating and holding different types of berries, some are feeding each other, some are being fed by large birds, and some stand with large cherries on their heads.
In the middle, we see a strip of land with a circular pool of water in the center. There are hundreds of men riding horses, cows, bears, and other hybrids of enlarged animals like a unicorn with a long horn that looks like a stag’s antler.
There are several musical instruments that seem to be instruments of torture now and not pleasure, ironically. There are also board games, dice, limbs, impaled figures, and figures being eaten by two dog-like creatures.
In the middle ground, we see a large organic-type structure, there is a face of a man staring to his right (our left). An interesting fact about this face is that it is believed to be a self-portrait of Bosch.