Designer: Adelaide Alsop Robineau (American, Middletown, Connecticut, 1865–1929 Syracuse, New York)

Date: 1917

Geography: Made in Mid-Atlantic United States, Syracuse, New York, United States

Medium: Porcelain

Dimensions: H. 2-5/8, Diam. 6-7/8 inches
(6.7 x 17.5 cm.)

Classification: Ceramics-Porcelain

Credit Line: Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1923

Accession Number: 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.