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A shop window from the old town of Ioannina...The city is famous since centuries for its silversmiths and silverware. But what in my opinion makes this window really "live" are the displayed small figurines of characters of the folk shadow theatre called Karagiozis. This type of shadow theatre has its origins in old Persia (today's Iran) and travelled to the west with the Turks, where is very popular too. That's how it came in Greece.
The main charachter, Karagiozis, is the representation of the smart cool and poor guy who is trying to survive in the difficult hard world using whatever tricks the human mind can imagine! Unfortunatelly today only a very few of Karagiozis players are still working as they are dissapearing due aging and no new ones comes on the scene.
The small figures are now collective and decorative items!

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Additional Photos by George Pantoulas (Aegean) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1276 W: 14 N: 740] (2571)
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