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Cup and saucer Theme: Encounters

Artist: Marina SHAW
Birth/Death: 1903–1996

Title: Cup and saucer

Credit Line: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

The visual language of Aboriginal art began to interest potters and textile designers from the 1930s. Symbols and ornamentation were borrowed freely and reinterpreted in the fashionable modern geometric style of the period. Marina Shaw’s cup and saucer shows how the genteel art of china painting could introduce the notion of indigenous art to the suburban interior.

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