This Evzone doll was made by Mary Tsivoglou, an Illinois native married to James Tsivoglou from Constantinople. The doll was made c. 1936 for a Greek-American child. The Evzones are members of several historical elite light infantry and mountain units of the Greek Army. Today, it refers to the members of the Presidential Guard, an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Mansion, and the gate of Evzones camp in Athens. The unit is famous around the world for its unique traditional uniform, which has evolved from the clothes worn by the klephts who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece. The most visible item of this uniform is the fustanella, a kilt-like garment.
This Evzone doll was made by Mary Tsivoglou, an Illinois native married to James Tsivoglou from Constantinople. The doll was made c. 1936 for a Greek American child.
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Doll, circa 1936, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/11229. Accessed 04/11/21.