Signature: Xie Shichen
Two artist's seals "Sizhong" and "Shuxianzi"
Inscription: Silently passing to the thatched hut hidden deep among the trees.
How difficult it is to find traces of the gentleman living there!
One must watch on the day he takes the qin and goes away.
Seldom does the bamboo and pine echo with the sound of music.
[translation from exh. catalogue "Xie Shichen: A Ming Dynasty Painter Reinterprets the Past"; David and Alfred Smart Gallery of the University of Chicago, Jan. 12–Feb. 26, 1978]