This unusual parrot, among the earliest animal figures produced at the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory, closely resembles a Japanese sparrow hawk. Its body was likely copied from Chinese or Japanese porcelain figures in the extensive personal collection of Meissens founder and royal patron, Augustus the Strong. Enamelers applied vibrant turquoise, yellow, green, blue, and red to transform the hawk into a parrot. The rockwork base is also derived from Asian porcelain, but it is decorated in the lavender luster enamel that was unique to Meissen in this period. See also the parrot's companion, 77.47.48.