• An <i>oiran</i> holding a bouquet of chrysanthemums - Zodiac sign of the monkey
  • Double portrait of Ichikawa Ebizō V (市川海老蔵) as Toneri Matsuōmaru (舎人松王丸) on the right and Ichikawa Gangyoku I (市川眼玉) as Shundō Genba (春藤玄蕃) on the left from an untitled series of paired actors on poem slips (<i>tanzaku</i>)
  • The Ninth Month (<i>Nagatsuki</i> - 長月) from the series <i>The Twelve Months</i> (<i>Jūnika tsuki no uchi</i> - 十二ヶ月のうち)
  • Bijin watching geese flying across the full moon -  <i>Tōsei bijin soroe no uchi</i> (當盛美人揃之内)
  • Wakanoura Bay in Kii Province (紀伊和歌浦): from the series <i> Comparison of Renowned Sceneries and Beautiful Women</i> (<i>Honchō fūkei bijin kurabe</i> - 本朝風景美人競)
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Inanoya Hanbei (稲野屋半兵衛) in <i>Koina Hanbei Kuruwa Iroage</i> [小稲半兵廓色揚げ?]
  • Woman carrying umbrellas and a child running during a <i>Sudden shower at the Mimeguri Shrine</i> (三囲の夕立)
  • View of Odawara (<i>Odawara no zu</i>: 小田原之図) from the chuban series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road (<i>Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi</i>: 東海道五十三次之内)
  • Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII as Arajishi Otokonosuke (荒獅子男之助) beating a man disguised as a giant rat
  • Woman Exhaling Smoke from a Pipe (<i>Kiseru no kemuri o fuku onna</i>: 煙草の煙を吹く女) from the series <i>Ten Classes of Women’s Physiognomy</i> (Fujo ninsō juppon - 婦女人相十品)

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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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