• Right to left: Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Sutewakamaru (捨若丸); Onoe Tamizō II (尾上多見蔵) as Miura Hitachi (三浦常陸); Nakamura Tomijūrō II (中村富十郎) as Gion Okaji (ぎおんおかじ);  Bandō Jūtarō I (坂東寿太郎) as Saito Kuranosuke (斎藤蔵之助) in the play <i>Keisei chigogafuchi</i> ('The Chigogafuchi Pool')
  • Usugumo (薄雲): No. 19, Wisps of Cloud / <i>Ukiyo-e Parallels for the Cloudy Chapters of the Tale of Genji</i> (<i>Genji kumo ukiyoe awase</i> - 源氏雲浮世絵合 )
  • Kohina (小雛) of the Ōmiya (あみや) from the series <i>Votive Hand Towels</i> (<i>Hōnō tenugui</i> - 奉納手拭)
  • Wakamoto (わかもと) Pharmaceuticals poster
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) in a kabuki role as a figure standing in the snow, holding an umbrella
  • Yoshitsune and his twenty one retainers on a ship (<i>Yoshitsune no kenin ikki-tosen no niju-ikki no zu</i> - 義経之家人一騎当千廾一騎之図)
  • Cock (Tori - 酉): Sukune Tarō (宿禰太郎) from the series <i>Mitate Jūnishi</i> (<i>Selections from the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac</i> - 美盾十二史)
  • 'An Old Tale of Conflict in the East' (<i>Mukashi gatari Azuma no tatehiki</i> - 昔語東立引) - Nakamura Shikan IV [四代目中村芝翫] as Yottsuibishi Chōgorō (四ツイ菱長五郎) on the right, Bandō Hikosaburō V [五代目坂東彦三郎] as Kogashira Mekurajimanohiko (小頭めくら島ノ彦) in the center, Bandō Kamezō I as the <i>otokodate</i> Kanehara  and Ichikawa Ichizō III as Mitsuhiki Ichigorō (三ッ引市五郎) on the left - a <i>mitate</i>
  • Jiang Shi (Kyō Shi 姜詩) from <i>Juxtaposed Pictures of Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety</i> (<i>Nijūshikō Mitate Awase</i> - 二十四孝見立画合) - #11
  • THE PUPPET THE BIJIN IS HOLDING IS IN THE FORM OF ONOE KIKUGORŌ III (尾上菊五郎) AS GOKUIN SEN'EMON (極印千右衞門) from the series 'Five Chivalrous Men as Puppets' (<i>Mitate ningyō gonin otoko</i> - 見立人形五人男)

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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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