• Tiny ōkubi-e
  • Xuan Zan, the Ugly Son-in-Law (Shūgunba Sensan - 醜郡馬宣贊) from the series <i>One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan</i>  (<i>Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori</i> - 通俗水滸傳濠傑百八人一個)
  • The Seventh Month (<i>Fumizuki</i> - 文月) from the series <i>The Twelve Months</i> (<i>Jūnika tsuki no uchi</i> - 十二ヶ月之内)
  • Ichikawa Denzō I (市川傳蔵) as Ōboshi Rikiya (大ぼし力弥) in Kanadehon Chūshingura ['Copybook of the Treasury of Loyal Retainers': 仮名手本忠臣蔵]
  • Sawamura Gennosuke I (澤村源之助) in an unidentified role
  • Volume 1 of <i>A Record of the Benevolent Government at Ōgawa</i> (<i>Ōkawa Jinsei-roku</i> - 大川仁政録)
  •  Shore battle between Taira no Atsumori and Kumagi Naozane
  • 'An Old Tale of Conflict in the East' (<i>Mukashi gatari Azuma no tatehiki</i> - 昔語東の立引) - 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
  • Iwai Kumesaburō III (岩井粂三郎) as Aburaya Okon (油屋おこん) in the play<i>Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba</i> [伊勢音頭恋寝刃]
  • View of Okabe (<i>Okabe no zu</i>: 岡部之図) 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)

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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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