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The Battle of Poltava by Григорий Пашков, circa 2000

This porcelain set represents The Battle of Poltava (1709) that was the decisive victory of Peter I of Russia, also known as "the Great," over the Swedish forces under Field Marshal Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld, in one of the battles of the Great Northern War.

It is widely believed by historians to have been the beginning of the Swedish Empire's decline as a European great power, while the Tsardom of Russia took its place as the leading nation of north-eastern Europe. The battle also bears major importance in Ukrainian national history, as Hetman of Zaporizhian Host Ivan Mazepa sided with the Swedes, seeking to create an uprising in Ukraine against the tsardom.

The Russian army:
The King is Peter the Great, the Queen is Catherine I, the bishops are Generalissimo Menshikov and Russian Admiral Apraksin.

The Swedish Army:
The King is Carl XII, the Queen is Princess Sofia, the bishops are Hetman of Zaporizhian Host Mazepa and Russian Tsarevich Alexei.

This masterpiece was created by Belarus sculptor Gregory Pashkov in a limited quantity of less than 40 sets. King is 18cm.

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