With the A Lanterna Mágica magazine nº 5, on the 12th July 1875, is born the image of Zé Povinho, a sarcastic caricature of the Portuguese people, opportunistic and cunning. The drawing caricature or the ceramic piece, Zé Povinho is the most emblematic creation of Bordallo and the most correct metaphor of our collective character.
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Zé-povinho is an excellent creation by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro.
Born in a satire newspaper, "A Lanterna Mágica", in 1875, it is the symbol of modest Portuguese people, who pay everything laughing at everything, naive, sensitive and suspicious, answering all those who oppressed him, with the well-known arm gesture (manguito) as a sign of resistance.
Zé-povinho is afterwards produced in ceramic and is part of the famous moving figurines collection created by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro.