• Shirafuji Hikoshichirō (白藤彦七郎) from the <i>A Hundred Stories of Military Valour</i> (<i>Buyū hyaku den</i> - 武勇百傳)
  • Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) as the ghost of Akushichbyōei Kagekiyo (悪七兵衛景清) reflected in a mirror from the series <i>Modern Mirror of Actors</i> (<i>Yakusha Tosei Kagami</i> - 役者當世鏡)
  • Six prominent kabuki actors on a winter outing
  • Iwai Kumesaburō III on the right as Shiranui Daijin (白縫大尽) and Asao Yoroku II on the left as  魔耶助 from the series <i>8 Views of Shiranui</i> (<i>Shiranui hakkei no uchi</i> - 白縫八景之内) - a <i>mitate</i>
  • Crows in flight
  • Two left panels of a yellow ground triptych - Nakamura Matsue III (中村松江) as the wife, <i>nyōbō</i> Komume (女房小むめ), Nakamura Ganchō I (中村元朝) as Hinin Doburoku (非人どぶ六) and Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Ume no Yoshibei (梅の由兵衛) in the play <i>Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi</i> (隅田春妓女容性)
  • Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ōtaka Tonomo (大高主殿) and Nakamura Tsuruzō I as the fisherman Ganzō (漁師贋蔵) from the play <i>Takagi Oriemon Budō Jitsuroku</i> [高木織右武実録]
  • Kiitchi's daughter, Princess Minazuru (Kiitchi no musume Minazuru-hime 鬼一の娘みなずる姫) from the series <i>One Hundred Poets from the Literary Heroes of Our Country</i> <br />(<i>Honcho bunyu hyaku nin isshu</i> - 本朝文雄百人一首)
  • Somenosuke (染之助) of the Matsubaya (松葉屋) - from the series of Great Contemporary Beauties  (<i>Zensei soroi</i> - 全勢揃) compared to famous places (名所) of Yamato (和国)
  • View of Ishiyakushi (<i>Ishiyakushi</i>: 石薬師ノ図) 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)

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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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