• Bandō Shūka 坂東しうか or 坂東志うか (poetry name of Mitsugorō III - 秀佳) - portraying the character Kōguya Yahei [香具や弥兵衛] - probably from the play Chūkō Ōiso ga Yoi (?) (忠孝染分纏 - ちゅうこうおおいそがよい)
  • A beautiful, elegant woman standing outside the entry to a building which houses the Chūshuntei restaurant [柱春亭]  - center panel of a triptych
  • "<i>Tori Awase</i> (雞合) - <i>Goban  migi</i> (五番右), <i>Midare Dori</i>" - with a poem is by Sekiya Satomoto (関屋里元)
  • Bijin watching geese flying across the full moon -  <i>Tōsei bijin soroe no uchi</i> (當盛美人揃之内)
  • Young couple - youth with courtesan
  • Arashi Kano I (あらし加納) as the wife Omatsu (嫁おまつ), Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as Watanabe Ryosuke (渡辺良助) on the right, Fujikawa Tomokichi II (藤川友吉) as Azuma (あづま) to the left of the previous one, Ichikawa Danzō V (市川団蔵) as Yodoya Tatsugorō (淀屋辰五郎) and Nakayama Ittoku II (中山一徳) as the gentlewoman Otsugi (こしもとおつぎ) on the left, in the play <i>Keisei Yanagizakura</i> [けいせい楊柳桜]
  • <i>Sanbasō</i> or <i>kyōgen</i> performer wearing a monkey mask
  • View of Fujisawa (<i>Fujisawa no zu</i>: 藤沢図) from the chuban series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road (<i>Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi</i>: 東海道五十三次之内)
  • The temple acolyte Shiragikumaru (Tera koshō Shiragikumaru - 寺扈従白菊丸) from the series <i>Sagas of Beauty and Bravery</i> (<i>Biyū Suikoden</i> - 美勇水滸伝)
  • View of Hakone (<i>Hakone no zu</i>: 箱根之図) from the chuban series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road (<i>Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi</i>: 東海道五十三次之内)

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Ukiyo-e Prints in the Mike Lyon Collection

Mike Lyon (artist b. 1951) was fortunate to have grown up familiar with Japanese prints. In his youth Lyon’s parents and grandparents displayed examples that certainly inspired his own artistic development. He began acquiring Japanese color woodcuts early in his career as an artist. The types of prints that feature most prominently among the many hundreds in Lyon's collection reflect the artist’s deep appreciation of the human figure and the expressive facial portrait. The vast majority of Japanese prints in the Lyon collection represent views of actors yakusha-e) and beautiful women (bijin-ga), and in particular the close-up, bust-length portraits of the same (okubi-e).

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