• 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)
  • Kohina (小雛) of the Ōmiya (あみや) from the series <i>Votive Hand Towels</i> (<i>Hōnō tenugui</i> - 奉納手拭)
  • Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) as Mitsugatsuji (三ヶつ地) Tsurunosuke (鶴之介) from the play <i>Sugata no Hana Azuma no Date-zome</i> [姿花江戸伊達染]
  • Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) as Satō Yomoshichi (与茂七) on the left and Oiwa on the right and Seki Sanjūrō II (関三十郎) as Tamiya Iemon (伊右衛門) also on  the right
  • Keyblock <i>oban</i> of a <i>bijin</i> trying to stay warm while<br> musing over the falling petals and the letter she has been reading
  • Nakamura Utaemon IV (中村歌右衛門) in multiple roles from the series <i>Renowned Dance of Seven Changes</i> (<i>Onagori shosagoto nanabake shichihenge no uchi</i> - 御名残所作事七変化之内)
  • View of Shimada (<i>Shimada no zu</i>: 嶋田ノ図) 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)
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as the peasant Gosaku who is actually Ishikawa Goemon (百姓五作実は石川五右衛門) in the play <i>Keisei Setsugekka</i> [けいせい雪月花]
  • The Syllable Ma(ま)as in Masakado (まさかど): Iwai Kumesaburō III (岩井粂三郎) as Takiyasha-hime (瀧夜叉姫) and Nakamura Fukusuke I (初代中村福助ヵ) as Ōtaku Tarō (大屋太郎) from the series <i>Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary</i> (<i>Seisho nanatsu iroha</i> - 清書七伊呂波) 
  • A diptych from the series <i>Lingering Sentiments of a Late Collection of Genji</i> (<i>Genji goshū yojō</i> - 源氏後集余情): the two women represent Chapter 17, <i>E-awase</i> (The Picture Contest - 絵合)

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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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