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Jasper, agate, emeralds
Overall: 15.3 x 7.4 cm (6 x 2 15/16 in.)
The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.447.a
This parrot is part of a figure that includes a perch for the bird to sit upon.
In creating luxurious accessories for a desk or tabletop, Fabergé often used native hardstones such as multicolored agate and jasper, green nephrite, pink rhodonite, and rock crystal found in the Ural Mountains of western Russia. By paying careful attention to the unique colors and textures of the stones, Fabergé and his craftsmen brought them to life, turning milky agate into a begging poodle or green and black jasper into this parrot. The use of native materials also promoted Russian nationalism, which appealed greatly to the tsar and his family.
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