• Bandō Mitsugorō III, under his poetry name Bandō Shūka (坂東秀桂), from the series <i>Actors Compared to Flowers</i> (<i>Yakusha hana awase</i> - 役者花合)
  • Wakaume (若梅) of the Tamaya (玉屋) in Edo-machi itchōme (江戸町壱丁目), <i>kamuro</i> Mumeno (むめの) and Iroka (いろか)  (<i>Edo-machi itchōme, Tamaya uchi Wakaume Mumeno Iroka</i>)
  • Morning Glory (Asagao - 朝かほ) from the series <i>Modern Scenes of Summer</i> (<i>Tōsei natsu geshiki</i> - 當世夏景色)
  • Actor applying his make-up
  • Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐橘三郎) in the role of Chūnagon Yukihira (中納言行平) in <i>The Snow, The Moon, and The Flowers</i> (<i>Mitate Setsugekka</i> - 目立雪月花)
  • Third Princess (<i>Nyosan no miya</i>) from <i>The Tale of Genji</i> playing with her cat
  • Bandō Hikosaburō IV (坂東彦三郎) on right as Ryoshi Tsunazo (猟師綱蔵) and Onoe Tamizō II (尾上多見蔵)  as a long necked monster disguised as the <i>koshimoto</i> Otsuru ( 腰元おつる) - from the play <i>Kasane Ōgi Chiyo no Matsuwaka</i> (重扇寿松若)
  • Ohatsu (召仕おはつ) and Iwafuji battling
  • Ichikawa Danzō V (市川団蔵) as the hermit Inumura Daikaku Masanori (犬村大学礼儀) from the series  <i>Satomi ke Hakkenshi no hitori</i> (里見家八犬士の一人)
  • A traveling <i>bijin</i> on horseback pausing for a smoke

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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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