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Sea Treasures

A work made of bronze.

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Modeled 1911, cast 1913–14

Artist:

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 272

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Abastenia St. Leger Eberle

Title

Sea Treasures

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

Cast 1913–1914

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

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

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2023.1377

Extended information about this artwork

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