The present model will have originally been one from a set of four Continents, each modeled as the cover to a similar rocaille-moulded lozenge-shape box, the others emblematic of Europe, America, and Africa. The III incised on the underside of the cover rim at the front is not also found on the box, an indication that, rather than denoting which cover matches up with which box, it is more likely a notation that the model is the third in the series.
See A. Schommmers a.o., Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts, Die Stiftung Ernst Schneider in Schloss Lustheim, München, 2004, p. 384-391 and R. Rückert a.o., Meissen, Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts, München, 1977, Tafel 118-119 for a set of the Meissen figure groups emblematic of the Continents similar in inspiration to the present example.