Signature: To the left of the figure of Hotei is the painter's signature reading "Kano Takanobu hitsu" (painted by KanoTakanobu). The two seals that accompany this signature read: "Kano" and "Takanobu."
Inscription: The colophon above the painting in this hanging scroll was inscribed in Chinese style by Tetsuzan Sodon (1532-1617), a leading Zen monk from Myoshinji in Kyoto. It may be translated as follows:
Hotei's sack is truly a large emptiness;
Carrying a staff, he tramps around 3,000 worlds,
Rubbing his hands, Miroku laughs out loud.
The moon is clear and the wind has ceased.
The above is a poem by the master of San'itsu-an,
Inscribed by Tetsuzan Sodonsai, aged 85, wielding the brush at Dairyu shitsu in Kyoto.
seals: "Tetsuzan" "Sodon"