The tiger is looking to the right with its back turned to the viewer sitting somewhat precariously. It possesses an almost humanlike quality with its grinning mouth and its powerful gaze.
Yes, this tiger is more powerful, more patient, more clever, and more cunning than you. You will need a long time to tame this one.
Rosetsu used his favorite Gyo (fish) seal on this painting. The missing top right corner of the seal is due to damage incurred during the Great Fire of the Tenmei era in 1788. This seal and his signature indicate that the scroll dates to the peak of Rosetsu’s career, when he worked on the screen paintings of the Imperial Palace (1790 – 1799).