• Volume 3 of <i>The Picture Book of the Journey to the West</i> (<i>Ehon Saiyūki</i> - 絵本西遊記)
  • Bandō Jutarō I (坂東寿太郎) as Lady Iwafuji (局岩ふじ) on the right, Nakamura Tomijūrō II (中村富十郎) as the Servant Ohatsu (お初), and Mimasu Gennosuke I (三枡源之助) as Chūrō Onoe (中老尾上) on the left in the play <i>Mirror Mountain: A Woman's Treasury of Loyalty</i> (Kagamiyama Kokyō no Nishikie)
  • No. 10 Fukaya (深谷): Yuriwaka Daijin (百合若大臣), 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) 
  • Volume 3 of <i>Gaten Tsūkō</i> [画典通考]
  • Two <i>bijin</i> on the pilgrimage to Meguro (目黒詣) from the series <i>Edo Meisho asobi</i> (江戸名所遊)
  • View of Kanaya (<i>Kanaya no zu</i>: 金谷之図) 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)
  • Heron Maiden (<i>Sagi Musume</i> - 鷺娘)
  • Iwai Shijaku I (岩井紫若) as the courtesan Minoya Sankatsu (みの屋三勝), jumping into a boat from a bridge to join her lover Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as Akaneya Hanshichi (赤根屋半七) in the play <i>Daigashira Midori no Iromaku</i> [台頭緑色幕]
  • Arashi Rikan IV  (嵐璃寛) as Sakuramaru (桜丸), Nakamura Shikan IV (中村芝翫) as Matsuōmaru (松王丸) and Nakamura Fukusuke III (中村福助) as Umeōmaru (梅王丸) in the play <i>Sugawara denju tenarai kagami</i> (菅原伝授手習鑑)
  • View of Mishima (<i>Mishima no zu</i> - 三嶋之図) from the series <i>Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road</i> (<i>Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi</i> - 東海道五十三次之内)

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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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