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Polish Szlachta - Nobleman - Polish Doll
Szlachta was the noble class in Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the two countries that later jointly formed the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.


 
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Szlachta was the noble class in Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the two countries that later jointly formed the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The szlachta arose in the late Middle Ages and existed through the 18th century and into the 19th. Traditionally, its members were owners of landed property, often in the form of folwarks. The szlachta enjoyed substantial and almost unrivalled political privileges until the Partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the late 18th century. Distinctions of nobility were officially abolished by Poland's 1921 March Constitution, though szlachta membership remains widely claimed in various strata of Polish society at home and abroad.

The szlachta's prevalent mentality and ideology were manifested in "Sarmatism," a name derived from supposed ancestors of the szlachta, the Sarmatians. This belief system became an important part of szlachta culture and affected all aspects of their lives. It enshrined traditional village life, peace and pacifism; popularised oriental-style apparel (the zupan, kontusz, sukmana, pas kontuszowy, delia); and made the scimitar-like szabla, too, a near-obligatory item of everyday szlachta apparel.
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This traditional Polish doll set is completely hand made the old fashioned way with paper mache, dress materials and paints.  The doll is clothed in authentic regional folk custume as certified by the Polish Ministry of Culture.  Notice the attention to detail and fine workmanship.
Features
  • Posable arms
  • Mounted on a wooden base
  • Size - 3" x 8" - 8cm x 20cm


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