A plump sparrow is perching on a bamboo branch, which is bending from the main branch on the left side of the painting. The bamboo has young and mature leaves. The background is left as blank. The mounting is made of creamy silk brocade with blue green silk brocade strips. Brown brocade pieces are pasted on the top and the bottom of the mounting. There is a seal in red ink on the left corner. Wrinkles on the top and right lower side of the bid; some smaller worm holes and one large hole underneath the bird, but all repaired.
The combination of a bird and bamboo here is a favored subject matter in Japanese ink painting called "bird and flower" painting ("kachôga"). Painters of Kanô school (official painting school of the samurai class in Momoyama and Edo periods) executed many paintings in this category.
Black ink painting of bamboo shoots around rocks. Writing located in the lower left side of the painting.
A painting of bamboo and rocks, common subjects of Chinese literati painting, which Chikuto had been heavily influenced by. The bamboo and rock are often associated with the Confucian ideal of resilience in hardship.
Inscription of artist in upper left: Painted for Mr. Li-yüan (Chou Liang-kung, 1612-1672, from K'ai-feng) in the spring of 1662. Chang Fêng (Jen-yin ch'un wei Li-yüan lao-hsien-sheng. Fêng). Seal of artist in upper left: Ta-fêng. Additional seals and inscriptions in lower left: P'an Cheng-wei (19th century, collector in Kuang-tung): P'an-shih Chi-t'ung chên-ts'ang. Unidentified: Chu P'u-ts'un ts'ang.
Inscription and 3 seals on right; 4 seals in lower left. Artist's seals, right: Shuang Chiu Shih Chih kuan left: Che-ku, Ma T'ou Chen Hsien, Yang Chou Hsing Hua jen, and Ch'ing-t'eng men Hsia nin ma Tsou. Collectors' seals: Nien Sheng Shen-ting, Nien-sheng Lou Shou-ts'ang shu-hua chi Inscription: Tz'u lan tz'u chu fei chen-wu pu k'ao ch'ing-shan ch'üeh k'ao shui, These orchids and this bamboo are not of this world, if they did not grow on the lofty Green Mountain, where else could they grow? Pan-ch'iao tao-jen Cheng Hsieh hua ping t'i, Inscribed and painted by the Taoist Pan-ch'iao Cheng Hsien
A white hanging scroll with black ink. The plant that is the focal point of the painting takes up the middle, while an inscription runs along the right side. Stamps are seen on the bottom of both the right and left side of the painting.
A bamboo and orchid plant together in the center of the painting. A small shoot of bamboo is also depicted on the left side of the painting. The inscription on the right speaks of the artist's desire to leave his position as an official and withdraw from the corrupt world, and instead emulate the orchid and bamboo.