• Pentatych of <i>bijin</i> holding puppets of <i>kabuki</i> actors as <i>otokodate</i> - from the left - Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) as An no Heibei (安ノ平兵衛), Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) as Gokuin Sen'emon (極印千右衞門), Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) as Kaminari Shōkurō (雷庄九郎), Seki Sanjūrō II (関三十郎) as Hotei Ichiemon (布袋市右衛門) and Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (市川團十郎) as Karigane Bunshichi (雁金文七)
  • The dolphin-like <i>kinshachi</i> (金鯱) atop Nagoya Castle at sunset (or sunrise)
  • Ishikawa Sōsuke Sadatomo (石川荘助貞和), #27 from the series <i>Heroes of the Great Peace</i> (<i>Taiheiki eiyūden</i> - 太平記英勇傳)
  • <i>Clearing Weather on Ichihara Moor</i> (<i>Ichiharano seiran</i> - 市原野晴嵐) from the series <i>Eight Views of Military Brilliance</i> (<i>Yōbu hakkei</i> - 燿武八景)
  • Mimasu IX (九代目三升)  as Aoto Gorō Terutsuna (青砥五郎照綱) in his first performance of <i>Shibaraku</i>
  • The Style of a Geisha: San'en (<i>San'en geisha fū</i>) from the series <i>Famous Places of Edo</i> (<i>Edo meishō</i> - 江戸名所)
  • The Syllable Ri (り): Kaiga Yazaemon Fujiwara no Tomonobu (加伊賀矢左エ門藤原友信) from the series <i>Biographies of the Faithful Samurai</i> (<i>Seichū gishi meimeiden</i> - 誠忠義士銘々傳)
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Matabei (又平) and Ichikawa Ichizō I (市川市蔵) as 土佐のせうげん in the play <i>Keisei hangankō</i> (けいせい反魂香)
  • Five actors in casual attire in <i>A Cool Evening at Ryōgoku Bridge</i> (両国橋夕涼之図) - Onoe Kikugorō  V as 音羽屋清吉 and Ichikawa Sadanji I  as 高島屋藤助 on the right, Kataoka Gadō III as 松島屋房八 and Nakamura Fukusuke III as 成駒屋小文吾 in the middle and an as yet unidentified actor as 柳橋の小ひで on the left
  • No. 2, Takejo, wife of Yamaoka Kakubei (Yamaoka Kakubei no tsuma Takejo 山岡覺平の妻竹女), from the series  <i>Biographies of Loyal and Righteous Hearts</i> (<i>Seichu gishin den</i> 誠忠義心傳)

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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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