Karaghiozis – the main character
Karagiozis – the main character
Puppet from the Traditional Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre
Puppet created by Abraham Andonakos
Photographer: Michelle McFarlane
Image copyright: Dimitri Katsoulis &
Dimitri Katsoulis & Museum Victoria
This puppet was made in Greece in the 1960s by puppet master and illustrator Abraham Andonakos, from plastic and painted with ink. It was used by Dimitri Katsoulis in his performances in Greece and Melbourne until the 1990s.
The Greek Karaghiozis is wiser and less of a clown than Karagoz, his Turkish brother. He is poor and uneducated, relying on his cunning and ready wit to extricate himself from precarious situations. He is a Greek folk hero for children and adults.
Karaghiozis often mocks the various characters and includes them in his desperate adventures. He also pays them shameless compliments in order to avoid being harassed. Although totally uneducated, Karaghiozis manages to bluff his way into different jobs, allowing the puppeteer to satirise prominent figures, professions and contemporary issues.