• Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎) on the right as Gokuin no Osen (極印のお千) and Segawa Kikunojō V (瀬川菊之丞) on the left as Hotei no Oichi (布袋のお市) - two panels of a larger composition
  • Courtesans Oi (大井) and Koremitsu (?) of the Ebiya house (海老屋)
  • Third Princess (<i>Nyosan no miya</i>) from <i>The Tale of Genji</i> playing with her cat
  • Sound of a Bell (Suzu no Ne - 鈴の音) key block from the series <i>Ten Types of Female Nudes</i> (<i>Rajo jūsshu</i> - 裸女十種)
  • Hair-washing Day (<i>Rokugatsu, Kamiarai hi</i> - 髪あらい日) in the Sixth Month (六月): Michitose (三千歳) of the Miuraya (三浦屋内) from the series <i>Four Seasons in the Pleasure Quarters: Annual Events in the Yoshiwara</i> (<i>Kuruwa no shikishi Yoshiwara yōji</i> - 廓の四季志吉原要事)
  • 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)
  • Segawa Kikunojō V (瀬川菊之亟) as the <i>keisei</i> Katsuragi (けいせいかつらき)
  • Asao Yūjirō I (浅尾勇次郎) as Sano Genzaemon (佐野源左衛門) on the right and Ichikawa Ebijūrō I (市川鰕十郎) as Miura Arajirō (三浦荒次郎) in the play <i>Keisei Sano no Funabashi</i> (傾城佐野の船橋)
  • Volume 5 of <i>Gaten Tsūkō</i> [画典通考]
  • Nihonbashi Bridge and Edobashi Bridge (<i>Nihonbashi Edobashi</i> - 日本橋江戸ばし) from the series <i>One Hundred Famous Views of Edo</i> (<i>Meisho Edo hyakkei</i> - 名所江戸百景)

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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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