Inscription and signature of the artist: (After Lan Tianshu [a.k.a. Lan Ying, 1585–after 1664), copying [Dwelling in the] Fuchun Mountains by Dachi [a.k.a. Huang Gongwang, 1269–1354]. Ryûzan, man of leisure.)
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.
This painting (and the one adjacent) comes from an album of four landscape paintings.
The album leaf consists of two paintings, each on one side. The left side of the album leaf depicts a thatch hut in a forest under the moonlight, and the other painting depicts similar themes as in three other album leaves: rocks and and mountains at a more distant level, and trees, a straw pavilion in the front. The painting in the left side creates a more intimate scene and the moon provides a sense of time.