Adelaide Alsop Robineau (American, 1865–1929)
Porcelain; H. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm), Diam. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1923 (23.145)
This bowl, with a spiraling serpent at its center and crouching Mayan figures and serpents on its legs, demonstrates Robineau’s superb carving and use of exotic motifs. The contrasting pale interior—a coiled serpent depicted with concentric circles of diamond-shaped scales in varicolored glazes—alleviates the heaviness of the strong, sober form with the monochromatic exterior.