The craftsmen of the Feira de Barcelos offer a modern translation of this Portuguese icon in an object reinterpreted in its lines and soberly painted in matte black.
This Barcelos rooster is moulded and then painted by hand by craftsmen from the city of Barcelos in the Minho region.
The Barcelos Rooster symbolizes Faith, Justice, and Luck. It is a symbol anchored in Portuguese popular tradition. This traditional rooster is represented in very bright colours representative of the traditions of the Minho region, the cradle of Portugal.
Characteristics and features
- Height: 25 cm
- Moulded and painted by hand.
The legend of the rooster of Barcelos : Barcelos is a small town in Northern Portugal. Several crimes were committed there but nobody was blamed and arrested until the day a pilgrim travelling to Saint John of Compostela was found guilty by the court.
He claimed his innocence, and to do so went to the judge. Seeing a rooster in a basket near him, the accused said: "It is just as true that I am innocent and that your rooster will rise and crow when I am hanged!
The cock crowed and the judge ran to the place where the man had been hanged. He found that after the knot was incorrectly tightened, the man was alive. He was thus considered innocent and released