• Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as the wrestler Chōkichi (はなれ駒長吉) and Nakamura Utaemon IV 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)
  • Under-kimono or <i>Nagajuban</i> (長襦袢 - embossed at  the bottom center)
  • The sumō wrestler Shirafuji Genta (白藤源太) from the series <i>Ghost Stories of China and Japan</i> (<i>Wakan hyaku monogatari</i> - 和漢百物語)
  • Double portrait of Ichikawa Ebizō V (市川海老蔵) as Toneri Matsuōmaru (舎人松王丸) and Ichikawa Gangyoku I (市川眼玉) as Shundō Genba (春藤玄蕃) from an untitled series of paired actors on poem slips (<i>tanzaku</i>)
  • Kong Liang, the Flaming Star (Dokkasei Kōryō - 獨火星孔亮) and Song Wan, the Guardian God in the Clouds (Unrikongō Sōman - 雲里金剛宋萬), from the series <i>One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan</i> (<i>Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori</i> - 通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個)
  • Iwai Kumesaburō III (岩井粂三郎) as the Buddhist nun Seigen (清玄尼) on the left and Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (市川団十郎) as Matsuwaka (松若)
  • Woman reading a letter from the series <i>Board Game of the Floating World</i> (<i>Ukiyo jūroku musashi</i> - 浮世十六むさし)
  • <i>Spring at the Moat </i>(<i>Ohari no Haru</i> - おほりの春)
  • Wild Pinks (寄花): The Rokō girl (<i>Rokō musume</i> - 路考娘, nadeshiko), from the series Beauties of the Floating World Compared to Flowers (<i>Ukiyo bijin yosebana</i> - 浮世美人季)
  • Kintarō reading an <i>ehon</i> on the back of a bear accompanied by an <i>oni</i> holding an ax

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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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