• Nakamura Shikan II as Narikoyama in the series 'Actors with Six Jewel Faces' (<i>Haiyū mutama-gao</i> - 俳優六玉顔)
  • The sumō wrestler Takaneyama Sōkichi (高根山宗吉)
  • Konkōryū Rishun (混江龍李俊 - Ch. Li Jun) from the series <i>One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan All Told</i> (<i>Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori</i> - 通俗水滸傳濠傑百八人一個)
  • Nakamura Utaemon IV as Hidari Jingorō from the triptych <i>The Old Story of the Renowned Sculptor Hidari Jingorō</i> (<i>Sono mukashi Hidari Jingorō ga meiyo no furugoto</i> - 名誉乃奮事)
  • Two courtesans seated on a staircase from the series 'Five sets of Women Beautiful as Iris Flowers' (<i>Hana-ayame gonin-zoroi</i> - 英山 花あやめ五人揃)
  • Farmer's Boy
  • Arashi Rikan II as Miyagi Asojirō in the play <i>Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto</i> [傾城筑紫爪琴(?)]
  • <i>7 Imaginary Chinese Creatures</i> (<i>shōjō</i>)<i> in a Drunken State</i> (<i>Shichi-nin shōjō zuburoku no zu</i> - 七人猩々酩酊之図) - left panel of a triptych
  • Iwai Kumesaburō III as Shirai Gonpachi (白井権八郎) on the right; Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII as Nippondaemon (日本駄右衛門) in the middle; and Seki Sanjūrō III as Banzui Chōbei (幡ずゐ長兵衛) on the left
  • Nakamura Shikan II (中村芝翫) as Kumagai Naozane (熊谷直実)  from a production of <i>Ichinotani Futaba Gunki</i> (一谷嫩軍記)

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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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