• <i>Now on Show at Okuyama, Asakusa: Lifelike Dolls of Foreign Strangers and the Maruyama Courtesans</i> (浅草奥山生人形)
  • Double portrait of Ichikawa Ebizō V (市川海老蔵) as Toneri Matsuōmaru (舎人松王丸) on the right and Ichikawa Gangyoku I (市川眼玉) as Shundō Genba (春藤玄蕃) on the left from an untitled series of paired actors on poem slips (<i>tanzaku</i>)
  • Nakamura Shikan I (中村芝翫) as a celestial being (天人) from 御名残押絵交張 (おんなごりおしえのまぜはり) - from the dance of nine changes
  • Iwai Kumesaburō III [岩井粂三郎] as the Weaver Maiden Shokujo from 'A Parody of the Twelve Months' (<i>Mitate ju ni kagetsu nouchi</i> - 見立十二ヶ月ノ内) representing the 7th and 8th months
  • Number 33 (卅三)  from the series <i>Magic Lantern Slides of That Romantic Purple Figure</i> (<i>Sono sugata yukari no utsushi-e</i> - 其姿紫の写絵) 
  • Unidentified <i>koban</i> landscape
  • Bunraku bijin: The puppet the beautiful woman is holding is in the form of Arashi Sanjūrō VII (嵐三十郎) as the <i>otokodate</i> Hotei Ichiemon (布袋市右衛門)
  • Volume 3 of <i>Gaten Tsūkō</i> [画典通考]
  • Volume from <i>Picture Book of the Taikoki</i> (Ehon Taikoki 絵本太閤記)
  • Liu Tang, the Red-haired Devil (Sekihakki Ryūtō 赤髪鬼劉唐) from the series <i>One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan</i> (<i>Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori</i> - 通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個) - right-hand panel of a triptych

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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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