Ceramic Rooster Betus Mexico Juan J Medrano Folk Art (A)
- This Betus Rooster is 7 3/4" tall and 6" in wide.
- Gorgeous and bright colors complete this rooster Betus.
- These fantasy "Betus/Nahual" are visions from the mind of internationally known Juan Jose Madrono.
- Juan Jose Ramos Medrano is highly collectable in Mexico and though out the world.
- Juan José Ramos Medrano is Candelario's grandson. He works in his humble home creating the most incredible art pieces. He transforms the pliable clay into colorful creatures that are then coated with betus.
- Barro Betus (ceramics rubbed with birch oil extract).
- The origin of barro betus dates back to colonial times and is surrounded by myths. The most popular pieces of art are the colorful Nahual figures with the reputation of coming from a magical world. Nagual or Nahual (both pronounced [na'wal]) is a human being who has the power to magically turn him- or herself into an animal form, most commonly donkey, turkey and dogs, but also other and more powerful animals.
- The Nagual can then use his powers for good or for evil causes according to his personality. The common Mesoamerican belief of tonalism, that all humans have an animal counterpart to which their lifeforce is linked, also often intertwines with nagualism beliefs. In English the word is often translated as "transforming witch" but a translation without the negative connotations of the word "witch" would be "transforming trickster"