• <i>Shinobu-zuri</i> (志の婦壽李) - <i>shunga ehon</i>
  • Procession of women at the Tōshōgū Shrine in Ueno
  • Diptych: The heated stages of pregnancy (in a lighter vein) - five heads, ten bodies (<i>Mimochi on’na natsu no tawamure – Gotō juttai no zu</i> - 妊婦炎暑戯 一名五頭十體の図)
  • Monkey (Saru - 申): The Nobleman's Son Ushiwakamaru (<i>Onzōshi Ushiwakamaru</i>) from the series <i>Japanese Heroes for the Twelve Signs</i> (<i>Eiyū Yamato jūnishi</i> - 英雄大倭十二支)
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as the fencing master Kyōguku no Takumi (京極内匠) in the play <i>Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi</i> (彦山権現誓助剣) - from the series 'Hits of a Lifetime of Kyōgen' (<i>Issei ichidai atari kyōgen</i> - 一世一代当狂言)
  • Japanese girl in a western port city from the series <i>Kindai Reijin Gafu</i> ('Album of Contemporary Beauties')
  • Ichikawa Ebijūrō I (市川鰕十郎) as Yokanpei (与勘平) from the series <i>A Collection of Temporary Fans</i> (<i>Uchiwa Tōsei Kurabe</i> - 団扇当世競)
  • Irises stencil print from a set of 12 entitled 'Egoyomi Calendar Pictures' (絵暦拾弐帖)
  • A Moonlit Night  at Shinobazu Pond (不忍池月夜) - the center and left-hand panels of a triptych
  • Ichikawa Kodanji IV [市川小団次] as the God of Thunder and Lightning (Raijin or Raiden), also known as <i>kaminari</i> (加美鳴)

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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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