Signature: Artist's inscription: In the 48th year of the Wanli reign era of the Great Ming dynasty, on the 29th day of the first month [March 4, 1620], Mr. Chen Zhimu of Shanyin remarked: "I have wished for [an icon] to venerate for many years, but have never obtained an image to reverence. Why don't you respectfully paint a precious likeness for me?" Written by Chen Hongshou after purifying himself. [3 seals:] Lianzi; Chen Hongshou yin; Zhanghou fu.
Inscription: An unidentified writer, perhaps a contemporary of Chen's has added a title at the upper right corner of the painting: "Bodhisattva Guanyin in the form of the Buddha Mother".
A colophon and appended note by Wu Hufan (1894–1968) are inscribed along the right-hand brocade border of the scroll:
Laolian's [i.e. Chen Hongshou] method of painting Buddhist and Taoist figures follows the brush ideas of Li Gonglin's (ca. 1041–1106) Heavenly King Sending a Son. Truly, Chen possesses the marvels of Cao's [Zhongda, fl. ca. 550–77] draperies and Wu's [Daozi, fl. 8th c.] scarves. My friend [the name has been removed and replaced with five characters reading: "deeply understands Buddhist studies"] and I greatly admire for Laolian's painting and share the same passion [for his work]. Examining this image, we have decided that it is one of Chen's finest compositions. Furthermore, the excellent condition of the paper is especially rare. The image of the Zhunti Buddha Mother is an Esoteric Buddhist manifestation of Guanyin. Therefore I present it to [the name has been removed and replaced with three characters reading: "be worshipped for the sake of the Buddhist]" law. Written by Wu Hufan [1 seal:] Hufan Shending.
Chen Laolian was born in the 27th year of the Wanli reign era (1599); this [painting] was done in the 48th year when [Chen] was only 22 sui [21 years old by Western count]. In the 9th month of the 48th year of the Wanli era the reign title was changed to the first year of Taichang; not long afterwards, the Tianqi emperor came to the throne and the year became the first of the Tianqi reign era.
[Inscribed on] the Festival of the Small Cold Spell in the jiashen year .
Marking: The three collectors' seals on the painting all belong to Wu Hufan: Wushi tushu ji (rect., zhuwen); Wu Hufan Ban Jingshu zhen cang yin (squ., baiwen); Meijingshuwu (rect., zhuwen).