• Front and back covers
  • Du Qian, the Sky Toucher (Mochakuten Tosen - 摸著天杜遷) from the series <i>The Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Suikoden</i> (<i>Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori</i> - 通俗水滸伝豪傑百八人之一個)
  • The young Benkei, Oniwakamaru (Young Devil Child), fighting the giant carp in the waterfall of Bishamon gataki
  • Kataoka Nizaemon VII (片岡仁左衛門) in the role of Matsunaga Daizen (松永大膳) in the play <i>Gion Sairei Shinkōki</i> [祇園祭礼信仰記 - <i>The Gion Festival Chronicle of Faith</i>]
  • <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
  • Arashi Rikan II as Ushiwaka Saburō (牛若三郎) performing in a <i>mitate</i> - the title cartouche reads: 見立  牛若三郎  嵐璃寛
  • Inuta Kobungo Yasuyori [犬田小文吾忬順] with the child Inue Shimbei Masashi (犬江親兵衛仁) fending off an attack -  from the series <i>The One and Only Eight Dog History of Old Kyokutei, Best of Refined Authors</i> (<i>Kyokutei-ō seicho Hakkenshi zui-ichi</i> - 曲亭翁精著八犬士随一)
  • Right panel: Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) as Daihanji Kiyozumi (大判事清澄) and Arashi Koroku IV (嵐小六) as Koganosuke (久我之助): left panel Nakamura Matsue III (中村松江) as Sadaka's daughter Hinadori (娘ひな鳥) and Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as the widow Sadaka (後室狭高) - from the play <i>Imoseyama Onna Teikin</i> [妹背山婦女庭訓 - <i>Mount Imo and Mount Se: An Exemplary Tale of Womanly</i>]
  • Minamoto Yoshinaka and His Four Retainers Defeat the Tengu in the Deep Mountains of Kiso (<i>Minamoto Yoshinaka Shitennō to tomo ni Kiso no okuyama ni tengu o taiji su</i>  - 源義仲四天王トともに木曽の奥山に天狗を退治す)
  • Wada Heita Tanenaga (和田平太胤長) impaling a giant python with a polearm - from the series <i>Lives of Heroes of China and Japan</i> (<i>Wakan eiyū den</i> - 和漢英雄伝)

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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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