• <i>Bijin</i> carrying a <i>janome-gasa</i> or snake's eye umbrella with 3 fan motifs, one with the Zodiac sign of the tiger - one panel of a triptych? - <i>Yayoi</i> (弥生), the 3rd month
  • <i>Ehon</i> (絵本): <i>shunga</i> (春画)
  • <i>The Clever Type</i> (<i>Rikō sō</i> - りこう相), from the series <i>Thirty-two Physiognomic Types in the Modern World</i> (<i>Tōsei sanjūni sō</i> - 当世三十弐相)
  • Memorial portrait (<i>shini-e</i>) of Bandō Shūka I (坂東 しうか) with a Buddhist invocation - possibly by Toyokuni III
  • Cock (Tori - 酉): Sukune Tarō (宿禰太郎) from the series <i>Mitate Jūnishi</i> (<i>Selections from the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac</i> - 美盾十二史)
  • <i>'Kakeai'</i> (かけ合い): A dialogue between Sawamura Tanosuke III (沢村田之助) as Gompachi (白井権八) and Chōbei about smallpox.
  • Ichikawa Danjūrō IX in the role of Kuzunoha (葛の葉) from the series <i>Sanshō awase sugata</i> (三升合姿)
  • Nakamura Nakazō I [中村仲蔵] in a kabuki role
  • The Dance Teacher - <i>Odori shishō</i> (踊師匠) from the series 'A Collection of Modern Beauties' - <i>Tōsei bijin awase</i> (当世美人合)
  • View of Hiratsuka (<i>Hiratsuka no zu</i>: 平塚図) 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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