• The Third Month (<i>Hanamizuki</i> - 花見月) from the series <i>The Twelve Months</i> (<i>Jūnika tsuki no uchi</i> - 十二ヶ月のうち)
  • Ōtani Tomoemon V (大谷友右衛門) as Ono Sadakurō (斧定九郎) from the series <i>32 Examples of Good and Evil</i> (<i>Zen-aku sanjunisō</i> - 善悪三十二艸)
  • Arashi Rikan II as Danshichi Kurobei in the murder scene of the play <i>Mirror of Naniwa: The Summer Festival</i> (<i>Natsu matsuri Naniwa kagami</i>)
  • Ichikawa Ebizō V (市川海老蔵) as Higuchi Jirō (桶口次郎) in the play <i>Hiragana seisuki</i> [ひらかな盛衰記]
  • Parody of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune in the Pleasure Quarters (<i>Seirō mitate</i> - 青楼見立  [<i>Shichifukujin</i> - 七福神])
  • Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) on the left and Sawamura Tanosuke II (澤村田之助) on the right
  • Ichikawa Gangyoku I [市川眼玉] as Ōboshi Yuranosuke (大星由良之助)  and Bandō Shuka I as the courtesan Okaru (...おかる) being spied on by Ōtani Tomoemon IV as Moronao's henchman, Ono Kadayū (斧九太夫) below - Scene VII from the <i>Chūshingura</i>
  • Asao Yūjirō I (浅尾勇次郎) holding an umbrella in the play <i>Tsuma Gasane Uwasa no Kikuzuki</i> - left panel of a diptych
  • Kōmei (孔明) conjures up the southeast wind from the series <i>Heroes of the Popular History of the Three Kingdoms</i> (通俗三国志英雄之壱人)
  • Illustration of Dancers: 'Odori Sugata-e' (踊姿絵) <i>Shiomai</i> (汐汲)

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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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