Hellenistic mosaic of an Alexandrine parakeet from Pergamon

Hellenistic mosaic of an Alexandrine parakeet from Pergamon, now in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin.

The species Alexandrine parakeet or Alexandrian parrot (scientific name Psittacula eupatria, noble fatherland or of noble ancestry) is named after Alexander the Great, who is said to have first sent several of the birds from the Punjab to the west, where they became popular as exotic pets of rich and noble families.

The Hellenistic mosaic floor panel, made in Pergamon around the middle of the 2nd century BC (the time of Eumenes II and Attalus II) of natural stone, was part of a large mosaic floor, discovered by a team of archaeological excavators led by Richard Bohn on 23 June 1886, in the small “Altar Room” of Palace V of the Pergamon Acropolis.

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