This large Galo (Rooster) of Barcelos should not be mistaken with the industrial statuettes on sale in souvenir shops. This is an original craft, a unique piece, entirely moulded in clay and then hand-painted by Prazeres Côta, the great-granddaughter of João Domingos Côta da Rocha who is the creator of the Portuguese Rooster.
It is a unique opportunity to acquire, for a very reasonable price, a real piece of art created by a well-known artist in Portugal.
The Côta family is the most charismatic and representative family of the figurative art of Barcelos and the Minho region in northern Portugal.
Prazeres, one of Julia Côta's daughters, now continues the tradition initiated by her great grandfather, João Domingos Côta da Rocha, creator of the famous Portuguese Rooster (Galo de Barcelos).
Already honored as the Breakthrough artist of the year at the Feira de Barcelos in 2018, the Pottery Museum has just included her in a"Geração Côta" exhibition and presents several of her works that belong to the Museum's collection and to private collections as well.
Parazeres Côta's works, like her mother Júlia, evoke the rural life of Minho, its traditional characters and the influences of religious or mythological beliefs.
The Barcelos rooster (Galo de Barcelos) was first represented by Prazeres' great-grandfather. Today, she makes a very personal interpretation of it while respecting the codes that led to its success, such as bright colours or the oversized ridge. This piece is exceptional, unique and of great dimensions.
Why I love it
- This beautiful clay statuette is for me, totally unclassifiable, halfway between craftsmanship and naive art.
- A personal interpretation of the rooster from Barcelos that respects the codes that have made him a Portuguese symbol.
- The authentic and unique nature of each of these handmade statuettes that are signed by their creator.
Please note: This piece is unique, entirely moulded in clay and then hand-painted.
- Height: About 26cm
- Width: About 17cm
- Weight: About 500g