• Ruan Xiao Qi or The Devil Incarnate (Katsuenra Genshōshichi - 活閻羅阮小七) from the series <i>The Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Suikoden</i> (<i>Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori</i> - 通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個)
  • Shozan (曙山), the poetry name of Sawamura Tanosuke III, from the series <i>Seven Popular Idols of the Present Day, a Parody of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove</i> (<i>Chikurin shichikenjin no mitate</i> - 竹林七賢の見立, <i>Tōsei ryūkō shichi enjin</i> - 当時流光七艶人)  
  • Onoe Fujaku III (尾上芙寉) as Miyagi Asojirō [宮木阿曽次郎] in <i>Keisei Tsukushi No Tsumagoto</i> [傾城筑紫爪琴 (?) - けいせいつくしのつまごと]
  • Sakata Kaidōmaru (坂田怪童丸) struggling with a giant carp under a waterfall
  • Two bijin on the hillside looking down on the Benten Shrine at Shinobazu Pond, Ueno - the center and left-hand panels of a triptych
  • Volume 3 of <i>Gaten Tsūkō</i> [画典通考]
  • Ichikawa Ebijūrō I (市川鰕十郎) as Ukisu no Iwamatsu (うきすの岩松) on the right, Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐吉三郎) as the farmer Jūsaku (百姓十作) in the center,  Sawamura Kunitarō II (沢村國太郎) as Jūsaku's wife [<i>nyōbō</i>] Okinu (十作女房お絹) on the left in <i>Keisei kakehashi monogatari</i> (けいせい棧物語)
  • Woman reading a letter from the series <i>Board Game of the Floating World</i> (<i>Ukiyo jūroku musashi</i> - 浮世十六むさし) - this print is devoted to <i>iguinisaretehatsumaranuoyakata</i> (いぐいにされてはつまらぬ親かた)
  • Book (<i>ehon</i>) cover from the <i>Hokusetsu bidan jidai kagami</i> ('Uplifting Tale of Northern Snows' Mirror of the Ages - 北雪美談時代加々見)
  • 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>)

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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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