• Umbrella monster (<i>kasa-obake</i> 傘おばけ or <i>karakasa-obake</i> から傘おばけ) from the series Seven Changes: Arashi Sangorō III... (<i>Shichi Henge Sangorō</i> - 七変化嵐三五郎)
  • A tattooed woman having sex with Raijin, the god of thunder and lightning
  • Early kabuki diptych of Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) on the left and Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) on the right
  • Usugumo (薄雲): No. 19, Wisps of Cloud / <i>Ukiyo-e Parallels for the Cloudy Chapters of the Tale of Genji</i> (<i>Genji kumo ukiyoe awase</i> - 源氏雲浮世絵合 )
  • Onoe Tamizō II (尾上多見蔵) as Danshichi Kurobei (団七九郎兵衛) in the play <i>Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami</i> (夏祭浪花鑑) - "Summer" from the series "Pictures of the Four Seasons" (<i>mitate Shiki no ichi-natsu</i>)
  • View of Seki (<i>Seki no zu</i>: 関ノ図) 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)
  • Courtesans in a brothel - left-hand panel from a triptych showing the forces of good and evil influences in the red-light district (遊郭善玉悪玉)
  • View of Futakawa (<i>Futakawa no zu</i>: 二川之図) 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)
  • Make-up (<i>Keshō</i>- 化粧)
  • Three long-tailed turtles (<i>minogame</i>  蓑亀 or みのがめ) with a message of felicitations - <i>kotobuki</i> (寿)

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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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