Signature: Mounted before the painting is the artist's 4-character title in large, semi-cursive regular script (xingkai), with signature and three seals; "Shen Zhou inscribed"; after the painting is a poem and explanatory note by Shen Zhou, and his seals appear on the paper joins throughout the painting as well as after the inscription:
(13 columns in running script)
"It is more than one hundred years since Ni Zan observed
What remains are only a few trees that look old and spare.
What is left for this old fellow to continue
Are the long ranges piled up with level wastes in between.
This scroll follows the ideas of Ni Zan. Ni's brushwork is spare, mine is cluttered. Yet though he was sparing, his meaning was ample. That part is what is called the unlearnable."
Inscription: Colophons: Yao Shou (1423–1495); Tao Keng (dated 1823); Lo Zhenyü (dated 1915)
Marking: Seals of the three colophon writers, plus six other collectors:
1. Shen Zhou: Zhushiting (Wang& Contag, p. 167 no. 7), before title: Shen Qinan, before title; Shitian (Wang& Contag, p. 168, no. 22), after signature to title: Shen, on joins; Sheshi Qinan, after inscription.
2. Yao Shou: Gongshou, before his inscription; Yüntong Yishi and Jiahe Yaoshi, after inscription.
3. Xiang Hongzi (1798–1835): Liansheng shending, after Yao Shou's inscription.
4. Tao Geng: Tao Geng zhiyin, after his colophon.
5. Yamamoto Teijirô (1870–1937): Zi Yüezhi Yüanting shuwu jiancang zhenji, Shijia and Guiyü Qian on title sheet; Qian and Leishan zhenshang on painting; Qian shuhua, after Yao Shou's inscription; Erfeng qingshang, on label and wrapper; Shanben shi Xiangxüe shuwu bingchenhou zhiyin, on wrapper; Guan zi zhenji shi jüe weizhe shen koxiao ye, on wrapper.
6. Mounter's seal: Wu Wenyü zhuang, at end of scroll.
7. Luo Zhenyü (1866–1940): Luo Zhenyü yin and Luo Shuyen; both after his colophon.
8. Sun Yüwen (act. ca. 1856): Wen (Wang& Contag, p. 560, no. 3) and Banchan sansu (Wang& Contag, p. 560, no. 7) after Yao Shou's inscription.