• Stories of Chivalrous People of Loyalty and Courage (<i>Kyōkaku giyūden</i> - 俠客義勇傅) - <i>Hotei Ichiemon</i>  (布袋市右衛門)
  • Fan Kuai (樊噲), feigning drunkenness, storms the dining hall of the emperor's palace by breaking down the door
  • Volume 3 of <i>Gaten Tsūkō</i> [画典通考]
  • Nakamura Utaemon III as Torii Matasuke (鳥井又助) in <i>The Courtesan and Mirror Mountain</i> (<i>Keisei Kagamiyama</i> -  けいせい双鏡山) - this is the right panel of a diptych
  • <i>Kakemono</i> of a courtesan on parade
  • View of Mitsuke (<i>Mitsuke no zu</i>: 見附ノ図) 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)
  • Diptych: Tamamo no Mae with Iwai Hanshirō  V (岩井半四郎) as Katsusaya Kojorō (かつさや小女郎) on the left and Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) as Tamaya Shimbei (三浦屋新兵へ) on the right in the play <i>Shinjū to tare mo yūdachi</i> 
(心中誰夕立)
  • View of Hara (<i>Hara no zu</i>: 原ノ図) 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)
  • Courtesans Oi (大井) and Koremitsu (?) of the Ebiya house (海老屋)
  • [Ichikawa Ebizō V] as Tainohata Kanobei (田井畑此兵衛) and Nakayama Nanshi II (中山南枝) as the ghost of Matsukaze (松風亡霊) in the play <i>Yukihira Sonare no Matsu</i> [行平磯馴松] (<i>Yukihira and windswept pines along the seashore</i>)

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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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