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Sea Treasures

A work made of bronze.

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  • A work made of bronze.


Modeled 1911, cast 1913–14


Abastenia St. Leger Eberle (American, 1878–1942)

About this artwork

In Sea Treasures, an adolescent girl inspects marine life along the shore at Coney Island, a popular leisure destination across classes at the turn of the 20th century. Her hiked-up skirt, rolled sleeves, and awkward pose—sensitively rendered by Abastenia St. Leger Eberle—suggest a figure grounded in the real world, caught in a moment of thought and action all her own. Born in Iowa and later based in New York, Eberle was a settlement-house worker and a sculptor who principally depicted women from urban immigrant communities in small-scale bronzes.


On View, Gallery 272


Arts of the Americas


Abastenia St. Leger Eberle


Sea Treasures


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Cast 1913–1914




Signed and inscribed, on base, cast: A STL. Eberle. / 1913


24.9 × 36 × 27.4 cm (9 13/16 × 14 3/16 × 10 13/16 in.)

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Roger and J. Peter McCormick Endowment Fund; purchased with funds provided by the Roy and Irene Rettinger Foundation

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