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Inner Wisdom 67--87

1998 Philip Weber Born: New York, New York 1952 ebony, brass, and suede 3 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 7 in. (8.3 x 29.9 x 17.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist in honor of his parents, Bernice and Gerald Weber; gift of Beverly Heilman Wise and Alan Wise in memory of their parents, Alice C. Heilman, Louis Heilman and Lawrence Wise; and in honor of Annetta Wise © 1998, Philip Weber 1998.78.3 Not currently on view

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"[I had] a feeling that I was working with a magical material, and that perhaps I had found something in that feeling that could last a lifetime." Philip Weber, 2003

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Philip Weber's tiny boxes are inspired by many different patterns, including brickwork, insects, jewelry, and electronic equipment. They are rarely more than fourteen inches long and can be constructed from many different pieces. Inner Wisdom 67-87 is made from ebony, and small elements of gleaming brass and steel are displayed against this dark surface. The lid of Space Probe and the body of Oval are assembled from flared strips of golden Pacific yew wood to form an intricate rounded surface.


Allegory - quality - prudence

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

animal parts - leather

metal - brass

wood - ebony

About Philip Weber

Born: New York, New York 1952

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