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Karagiozis Shadow Puppet Greek/Turkish

Listing is for all 3.

Puppet 1 (photo 1 & 2): This Puppet may be the Pasha or Velighekas, it measures 14.5 cm. Both legs and waist are articulated.

Puppet 2 (photo 3 & 4): I'm not sure which one this is. Puppet measures 14.5 cm. Both legs are articulated.

Puppet 3 (last photo): This Puppet I believe is Hadjiavatis and measures 14.5 cm. Both legs are articulated.

These puppet was originally purchased in Istanbul, Turkey in the 1970s, so dates from at least then but most likely is older still.

Here is a little bit of background about these traditional Greek/Turkish shadow Theatre:
Karagozis is the name given to traditional Greek shadow puppetry.

Karagozis are made using animal hide, which is then tanned to translucency and painted. The characters are folksy, using lots of slapstick and humour to satirise Greek life, and many different European characters feature in the plays. Karagoz is the main character a clumsy oaf who always gets into a bit of trouble but is smarter and wittier than he looks: by the end of the play, he always wins over the more pompous, richer or ’smarter’ characters. Karagoz is a bit of ‘everyman’, the underdog everyone likes to cheer for. And because of this the character has become popular with audiences: hence the style of Greek shadow puppetry is known as ‘karagozis’ in his honour.

A lovely vintage collectable object for display or just to treasure.


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RESERVED: 3 Karagiozis Shadow Puppet Greek/Turkish

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