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 yearat 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 Boneca Barriguda (Belly Doll) is a naive representation of Minho women that can still be found at markets or local festivals. This doll is presented here in her most beautiful clothes, dressed in her most beautiful dress with bright colours and carrying a basket of fruit.
Why I love it
- This beautiful clay statuette is for me, totally unclassifiable, halfway between craftsmanship and naive art.
- A burlesque and ironic evocation of the inhabitants of Minho, yet full of sensitivity and respect.
- The authentic and unique nature of each of these handmade statuettes that are signed by their creator.
Please note that his piece is unique, entirely moulded in clay and then hand-painted.
- Height: About 30 cm
- Width: About 23 cm
- Weight: About 2 kg