Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (5 columns in semi-cursive script)
The strangely shaped pine trees of Mount Tiantai have been depicted by artists of previous periods. Lu Guimeng [of the Tang dynasty] has recorded and written a eulogy for one of these paintings. I have seen a copy of this painting at the home of a collector and was not impressed by it. Therefore I have decided to portray this theme drawing upon my own imagination. I have heard recently that most of these strange pines have met the sad fate of extinction. It seems that once the natural wonders of the sky, earth, mountains, and rivers are exposed to the intimate scrutiny of the dusty world, they do not last long. This is indeed cause for lamentation. [Dai] Benxiao, Heavenly Root Gatherer of Mount Ying’e did this for the amusement of Jun, my elder brother in the Way. On the summer solstice of the dingmao year . 
Shi zhenshan 師真山
Ying’e Shanqiao 鷹阿山樵
 Dawn Ho Delbanco, trans., in Dawn Ho Delbanco and Wan-go H. C. Weng, Selections of Chinese Art from Private Collections, New York: China Institute in America, 1986, cat. no. 38, p. 96.