A vase worth $500,000 and considered one of the best-known pieces of ceramics in the world has been stolen from a museum here, just days after a similar robbery in Albany.

"It's the Mona Lisa of ceramics," Ronald Kuchta, art director of the Everson Museum, said Tuesday of the Scarab Vase, made in 1910 by potter Adelaide Alsop Robineau of Syracuse.The theft at the Everson was discovered just a few hours after Kuchta distributed copies of a newspaper article about the theft of three small sculptures from the Albany Institute of History and Art.

The vase, which is insured, is so well known in art circles that there is virtually no chance it could be sold to a museum, dealer or reputable art collector, Kuchta said.