• Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as the tobacconist Sankichi (三吉) in the play <i>Keisei Somewake Tazuna</i>
  • Japanese girl in a western port city from the series <i>Kindai Reijin Gafu</i> ('Album of Contemporary Beauties')
  • Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎) as Seitaka Dōji (せいたかの童子 [制吒迦童子]) from <i>Yuki mo Yoshino Kigoto no Kaomise</i>  (雪芳野来入顔鏡 - ゆきもよしのきごとのかおみせ)
  • Triptych of the 'Military Occupation of Liaoning City'  (<i>Eikō Hōdai Senryō no zu</i> - 営口砲台占領之図)
  • Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎) as the <i>onnagata</i> Oroku (おろく) in the snow
  • Cock (Tori - 酉): Sukune Tarō (宿禰太郎) from the series <i>Mitate Jūnishi</i> (<i>Selections from the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac</i> - 美盾十二史)
  • Kawarazaki Sanshō (河原崎三升) tweezing before his mirror - preparing for his role as the <i>otokodate</i> Banzui Chōbei [ばんずい長兵へ]
  • <i>Bijin</i> with dog, "Distant Treasure" (遠方通宝) from the series The Modern Measure of Womenʼs Desire for Money (<i>Imayō tofu shisen</i> - 今様斗婦志錢)
  • Ryūōmaru (龍王丸) from the series <i>Mirror of Warriors of Our Land</i> (<i>Honchō musha kagami</i> - 本朝武者鏡)
  • Nakamura Utaemon III as Ishikawa Goemon in the play <i>Kinmon Gosan no Kiri</i> (<i>The Temple Gate and the Paulownia Crest</i>) [金門五三桐]

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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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