• Scene from the <i>noh</i> play, <i>The Chrysanthemum Boy</i> (<i>Kikujidō/Makurajidō</i> - 菊慈童)
  • Ogino Senjo I (荻野扇女) as Rokuhara Oroku (六はらお六) in the play <i>Edojiire Obiya no Chūmon</i> - the left-hand panel of a diptych
  • Gyokukirin Roshungi (Lu Junyi, the Jade Unicorn - 玉麒麟盧俊義) 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) - center panel of a triptych
  • Volume 1 of <i>Gaten Tsūkō</i> [画典通考]
  • Bandō Hikosaburō IV (坂東彦三郎) as 経政実ハしゆんくはんのぼうこん, a ghost and Onoe Eizaburō III (尾上栄三郎) as the cowering princess Chidori-hime (千鳥姫) - from the play <i>Tsumaga Gasane Sugata no Hana Kurabe</i> (嬲容顔花競)- center panel of a triptych
  • Shimosuwa (下諏訪): Yaegaki-hime (八重垣姫) from the series <i>Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidō Road </i>(<i>Kisokaidō rokujūkyū tsugi no uchi</i> - 木曾街道六十九次之内)
  • The Sixth Month (<i>Minazuki</i> - 水無月) from the series <i>The Twelve Months</i> (<i>Jūnika tsuki no uchi</i> - 十二ヶ月の内)
  • Modern <i>kabuki</i> playbill
  • Huang Xiang (Kōkyō: 黄香) from the series <i>The Twenty-four Chinese Paragons of Filial Piety</i> (<i>Morokoshi nijūshi-kō</i> - 唐土廾四孝)
  • <i>Sanbasō</i> or <i>kyōgen</i> performer wearing a monkey mask

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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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