Framed portrait of a frontal male with gray hair and moustache dressed in traditional costume. He wears a blue beret with a band of black and gold decoration and a gem at the front. He wears a baggy white shirt, over which is a blue vest and blue sleaves with white embroidered decoration. Over the top of the vest is a highly decorated metal crossed double sash. At the waist is a short apron and a sword in a sheath. On his legs is a pair of baggy blue trousers with gold embroidered details. This is an interior scene with a large gray tile floor (possibly marble) and a reddish blurred wall behind the figure. The bottom right hand corner of the print says "Vorios Ipiros" (Norther Epirus) in English and Greek. The matting for the portrait is a slate blue hue, with a gold frame.
This print comes from the Book "Hellenic National Costumes" by Hadzimichali, Angeliki and Nicolas Sperling. The prints were done by miniature artist Sperling. The book had multiple pressings (1948, 1954). Ultimately there were two volumes and a supplement with 111 plates total. The original unframed, unmatted prints were 8 1/2" X 11 5/8".
Steve Karountzos has lived in the United States since 1966 and attained U.S. citizenship in 1971. Before that, he served as a sergeant in the Greek Royal Air Force from 1954 to 1958. Now residing in Hammond, Indiana, he is now a part of the Northwest Indiana contingent of Greek and Greek-American military verterans.
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Photograph, 1948, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/11491. Accessed 10/18/21.