• Bandō Hikosaburō V (坂東彦三郎) as Nezumi Kozō Jirokichi (鼠子僧次郎吉) from the series <i>Mirror of Demonic People, Good and Evil</i> (<i>Zen'aku kijin kagami</i> - 善悪鬼人鏡)
  • A traveling <i>bijin</i> on horseback pausing for a smoke
  • Actors as musicians: left panel - Nakamura Sōjūrō (中村宗十郎); center - Iwai Hanshirō VIII (岩井半四郎); right - Nakamura Shikan IV (中村芝翫)
  • Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the ghost of Hōkaibō (法界坊ぼうこん) from the play <i>Sumida River Ghost Story</i> (<i>Kaidan Sumidagawa</i> - 怪談隅田川) - this is the right-hand panel of a diptych
  • Kakegawa (掛川): Fukuoka Mitsugi (福岡貢) from the series <i>Fifty-three Pairings for the Tōkaidō Road</i> (<i>Tōkaidō gojūsan tsui</i> - 東海道五十三対)
  • Yan Qing the Graceful (Rōshi Ensei - 浪子燕青) from the series <i>Mirror of Heroes of the Shuihuzhuan</i> (<i>Suikoden gōketsu kagami</i> - 水滸傳豪傑鏡)
  • <i>The Clever Type</i> (<i>Rikō sō</i> - りこう相), from the series <i>Thirty-two Physiognomic Types in the Modern World</i> (<i>Tōsei sanjūni sō</i> - 当世三十弐相)
  • Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as the wrestler Chōkichi (はなれ駒長吉) and Nakamura Utaemon IV on the right as the wrestler Chōgorō (ぬれ髪長五郎) from the play <i>Diary of Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters</i> (<i>Futatsu Chōchō Kuruwa Nikki</i> - 双蝶仝曲輪日記)
  • <i>Aizuri-e</i> of a <i>bijin</i> reaching up to grab a branch of a flowering cherry tree, from the series <i>Beauties of the Latest Fashion Compared with the Beauty of Flowers</i> (<i>Tōsei bijin hana-awase</i> - 當世美人花合)
  • Ichimura Uzaemon XVII [市村羽左衛門] as Seno Jurō Kaneuji in <i>Sanemori monogatari</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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