55.0875200000 cm. W x 122.5550000000 cm. L Since this is a textile, the dimensions may change depending on how it is displayed., Item (Overall)
Cross stiched pannel. Colorful panel of thread on an open knit backing. Depicts horsedrawn carriage and group of people following a flying woman. Greek writing at top. The flying woman is encircled by the moon and is wearing a pink dress with yellow and pink flowers in her hands. The horses pulling the carriage are brown, and there is a brown line going all the way through the panel at this point. Above ther horses, there is a cherub holding a bouquet of pink and red flowers. In front of the cherub, the sky is dark blue, while behind the cherub it is yellow. The man driving the carriage is wearing a blue flowing cape. There are seven women holding hands surrounding the carriage. They are all wearing different colored dresses of blue, pink, red, purple, and green. The entire picture has a brown border, with a purple border at the top.
The scene seems to depict Apollo riding with his sun chariot across the sky, driving out Artemis and the moon.
The donor's father, Aristotle, came to America from Greece in 1903 and worked many jobs in New York and Ohio, until he settled in Chicago Heights, IL. He founded a small retail general store in 1907 selling ready to wear and specialized in the sale of fabrics. He is reputed to be the first Greek in this business in the U.S.A. His business prospered and he became very active in the church and other community activities in America and in Greece. For his many good services and contributions he was awarded the title of Grand Crusader of the Order of the Orthodox Crusaders of the Holy Sepulcher by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Damianos II.
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Pattern, Needlework, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/6343. Accessed 04/13/21.