• Onoe Tamizō II as Kaminari (god of thunder) and Tobane in <i>Hatsuharu no kotobuki iwau kokonobake</i>
  • Wada Heita Tanenaga (和田平太胤長) impaling a giant python with a polearm - from the series <i>Lives of Heroes of China and Japan</i> (<i>Wakan eiyū den</i> - 和漢英雄伝)
  • Humorous Hiroshige print with a dog-headed man (Blind Dog, Zatō no inu, ざとうの犬) and bird-headed man (-- Black, -- Kuro,  --くろ) preparing a meal
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Akaneya Hanshichi (あかねや半七)
  • <i>The Five Chivalrous Commoners in Summer Kimono</i> (<i>Gonin otoko soroi no yukata</i> - 五人男揃浴衣) - four of these panels shown here
  • Nakamura Fukusuke VII [七世中村福助] as Kuramae no Osome (蔵前のお染)
  • Taira no Koremori battling with the demon/woman in <i>Momijigari</i>
  • Shōhei Bridge (<i>Shōhei-bashi</i> - 昌平橋) from the series <i>Views of Famous Places in Edo</i> (<i>Edo meishō zue</i> - 江戸名所図絵)
  • <i>Shinobu-zuri</i> (志の婦壽李) - <i>shunga ehon</i>
  • Unidentified <i>ehon</i> diptych

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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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