• Onbō canal scene from the <i>Tōkaidō Yotsuya Kaidan</i> with Ichikawa Ebizō V (市川海老蔵) on the left as Kamiya Iemon (神谷伊右衛門), Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) as Naosuke (直助), Iemon's assistant, Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) as Oiwa floating in the river, and Onoe Eizaburō III (尾上栄三郎) on the right as Oyumi (お弓)
  • <i>Shinobu-zuri</i> (志の婦壽李) - <i>shunga ehon</i>
  • Woman Holding a Child Before a Daruma Kite - center panel of a triptych of <i>The Five Festivals - Mutsuki</i> (五節句之内睦月)
  • Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) in the role of Hirai Gonpachi (平井権八) in the play <i>HIyokumon Sato no Nishiki-e</i> (双紋廓錦絵) or <i>A brocade picture of lovers' crests in the pleasure quarters</i>
  • Scene from the <i>noh</i> play, <i>The Chrysanthemum Boy</i> (<i>Kikujidō/Makurajidō</i> - 菊慈童)
  • Crows flying in a snowstorm
  • Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎), Iwai Kumesaburō II (岩井粂三郎) and Tokiwazu Komojidayū (常盤津小文字太夫) visiting the Sensōji, a temple at Asakusa - center panel of a triptych
  • Volume 3 of <i>The Picture Book of the Journey to the West</i> (<i>Ehon Saiyūki</i> - 絵本西遊記)
  • Three actors with multiple mon as a backdrop: Bandō Mitsugorō IV (坂東三津五郎) as Kudō Suketsune  on the right; in the center is Sawamura Tosshō I (澤村訥升) as Soga Jūrō and Ichikawa Ebizō V (市川海老蔵) playing Soga Gorō on the left
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Kanawa Gorō Imakuni (金輪五郎今国)  and Arashi Koroku IV (嵐小六) as Omiwa (おみわ) in <i>Imoseyama Onna Teikin</i> [妹背山婦女庭訓 - <i>Mount Imo and Mount Se:An Exemplary Tale of Womanly</i>] (state 3)

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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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