• View of Hara (<i>Hara no zu</i>: 原ノ図) 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)
  • Watōnai subduing a tiger
  • View of Kuwana (<i>Kuwana no zu</i>: 桑名之図) 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)
  • <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
  • Nakamura Shikan's wife (中村福助の妻) from the series <i>The Stories About the People In The Recent Times</i> (<i>Kinsei Jinbutsu Shi</i> - 近世人物誌)
  • Two <i>oiran</i>, Inaoka (稲岡) and Shigee (? 茂枝) of the Okamotoya (岡本屋), from the series <i>Seirō bijin awase</i> (青楼美人合)
  • Yorimitsu tries to capture Hakamadare by destroying his magic (<i>Kijutsu o yabutte Yorimitsu Hakamadare o karamen to su</i> - 破奇術頼光袴垂為搦)
  • Shi Jin, the Nine Dragons (Kyūmonryū Shishin - 九紋龍支) struggling with the robber Chōkanko Chintatsu from the series <i>Mirror of Heroes of the Shuihuzhuan</i> (<i>Suikoden gōketsu kagami</i> - 水滸傳豪傑鏡)
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Takechi Mitsuhide (武智光秀) - right panel of a diptych - from the play <i>Matsushita Kaheiji renga hyōban</i> [松下嘉平治連歌評判]
  • Arashi Rikan II as Miyamoto Musashi in the snow in the play <i>Katakiuchi Nitō Eiyuki</i> [復讐二島英雄記]

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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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