• Nakamura Shikan II (中村芝翫) from the series <i>Tōto Meisho</i> with <i>Ryogoku</i> in the background (東都名所 - 両国)
  • The Sign of the Hare (卯) from the series <i>Elegant Women Likened to the Twelve Animals of the Zodiac</i> (<i>Fūryū azuma sugata jūnishi</i> - 風流東姿十二支)
  • Center panel of <i>Women at the beach of Futami-ga-ura</i> at sunrise [二見 カ浦日の出]
  • Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as Kowari Dennai (小割伝内) / Miyamoto Musashi in the play 'Honobonoto Ura no Asagiri' (Daybreak hidden on the bay by morning fog) - [仏暁浦朝霧]
  • An <i>oiran</i> holding a bouquet of chrysanthemums - Zodiac sign of the monkey
  • Parody of Narihira's <i>Journey to the East</i> (<i>Azuma-kudri: Yatsushi no Fuji</i>)
  • Sawamura Gennosuke I (澤村源之助) as Obiya Chōemon ( 帯や長右衛門)
  • Morita Kan'ya XI as Shihei-Kō (時平公) with Arashi Rikaku II as Matsuomaru (松王丸) on the right and Seki Sanjurō III as Umeōmaru (梅王丸) with Onoe Kikujirō II as Sakuramaru (桜丸) on the left in the <i>Kuruma biki</i> or 'Pulling the carriage apart' scene
  • Dragon (Tatsu 竜) from the series <i>Elegant Women Likened to the Twelve Animals of the Zodiac</i> (<i>Fūryū azuma-sugata jūnishi</i> - 風流東姿十二支)
  • The Courtesan Miyagino and her sister Shinobu plotting to revenge the death of their father (<i>Keisei Miyagino imōto Shinobu</i> - 傾城宮城野妹しのぶ) - from the series '24 Accomplishments in Imperial Japan' (<i>Kōkuku nijūshi kō</i> - 皇國二十四功)

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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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