• Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) as Mizuemon (水右衛門) about to strike the geisha Omatsu with his sword
  • Bandō Shūka I [初代坂東しうか] as the courtesan Takao (高尾)
  • Bandō Hikosaburō V (坂東彦三郎) as Nezumi Kozō Jirokichi (鼠子僧次郎吉) from the series <i>Mirror of Demonic People, Good and Evil</i> (<i>Zen'aku kijin kagami</i> - 善悪鬼人鏡)
  • Onoe Baikō IV as Shichiura Dayu above and an actor as Irie Chōbei (入江長兵衛) with a gun from the play <i>Yayoi-zakura Hisago no Makubari</i> (宿桜瓢蕈)
  • A <i>mitate</i> of Komachi with an umbrella praying for rain (<i>Amagoi Komachi</i> - 雨こひ小まち) from the series <i>Modern Girls as the Seven Komachi</i> (<i>Imayō musume Nana Komachi</i> - 今やう娘七小町)
  • A <i>mitate</i> of one of the 'four social classes' of the <i>shinōkōshō</i> (士農工商) Seki Sanjūrō III as Katsura Matsunoshin (三蓋松之進) in the back right, Bandō Shuka I as Katsumi no Kohide (勝見の小秀) in the center and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Uraume no Kozue (裏梅の梢) from the play <i> O megumi ni Urūō Iwafuji </i> [恵閏初夏藤]
  • Onoe Kikugurō VII (より七世尾上菊五郎) as Kirare Yosaburō (切られ与三郎)  from the play <i>Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi</i> (与話情浮名横櫛)
  • Bandō Mitsugorō III, under his poetry name Bandō Shūka (坂東秀桂), from the series <i>Actors Compared to Flowers</i> (<i>Yakusha hana awase</i> - 役者花合)
  • Bandō Hikosaburō IV (坂東彦三郎) on right as Ryoshi Tsunazo (猟師綱蔵) and Onoe Tamizō II (尾上多見蔵)  as a long necked monster disguised as the <i>koshimoto</i> Otsuru ( 腰元おつる) - from the play <i>Kasane Ōgi Chiyo no Matsuwaka</i> (重扇寿松若)
  • AIDS Series / Geisha in Bath

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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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