Inner Wisdom 67--87

  • Philip Weber, Inner Wisdom 67--87, 1998, ebony, brass, and suede, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1998, Philip Weber, 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, 1998.78.3

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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.

Luce Object Quote
"[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
Title
Inner Wisdom 67--87
Artist
Date
1998
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
3 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 7 in. (8.3 x 29.9 x 17.8 cm)
Credit Line

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

Mediums
Mediums Description
ebony, brass, and suede
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – quality – prudence
Object Number
1998.78.3
Palette
Linked Open Data
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