Slip cast ceramic Jug - blue exterior with bush scene including Aboriginal man with spear and shield, yellow/lime and orange ground, pink rocks, large brown tree and figure in brown. Yellow interior.
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption jug
Boyd, Guy (b.1923, d.1988)
H82 x W110mm
History and use
This object is from the Glenn Cooke collection of Aboriginal-themed design. In 1999 Glenn Cooke donated his collection of over 1300 domestic and souvenir wares to Queensland Museum. Together the collection provides detailed examples of how Aboriginal art and design have been adopted and reproduced in Australian popular culture. The Glenn Cooke collection dates from the 1940s, when Aboriginal design was first embraced by ‘Australiana’ industries, up until the present day. While some of the objects in the collection were made by Indigenous people, the vast majority were not. These items therefore raise a number of questions about authorship, authenticity and appropriation in Indigenous-themed design in Australia.
Sculptor and ceramicist Guy Boyd was a member of Australia’s famous Boyd family artistic dynasty. In the 1940s, Guy Boyd was one of the first Australian artists to embrace Indigenous designs in commercial ceramics. In 1948, Guy changed the name of his ceramics business to Martin Boyd Pottery.