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24 April

Claude Lévi-Strauss : walk amongst the objects

For the centenary of the doyen of French cultural and social anthropology, otherwise known as structuralism, 21 pieces amongst the objects brought by Claude Lévi-Strauss from his expedition to South America between 1935 and 1939 have been chosen from the collections of the Musée du Quai Branly. They emphasize the sensitive and impassioned approach that this perceptive observer has always had on the Amerindian world and, in particular, the  Amazonian culture.

  • Frontal piece of ceremonial headdress

    Frontal piece of ceremonial headdress

  • Peaked helm

    Peaked helm

  • Frontal mask

    Frontal mask

  • Transformation mask

    Transformation mask

  • Shaman statue

    Shaman statue

  • Doll

    Doll

  • Figurine

    Figurine

  • Dancing mask

    Dancing mask

  • Celebration seat

    Celebration seat

  • Flute

    Flute

  • Rhomb

    Rhomb

  • Labial Perforator

    Labial Perforator

  • Hairpin

    Hairpin

  • Diadem

    Diadem

  • Ear pendant

    Ear pendant

  • Ear pendant

    Ear pendant

  • Pair of wrist ribbons

    Pair of wrist ribbons

  • Pendant

    Pendant

  • Necklace

    Necklace

  • Crown

    Crown

  • Ceremonial pendant

    Ceremonial pendant


Crown

Crown

Brazil, Bororo or Caduveo population, Felidae claws, vegetal fibres, palm leaves, grain, 18 X 20 cm, Dina and Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition, 71.1936.48.295

According to Anne-Christine Taylor : "claw or fang necklaces hanging from his neck, endowed his body with an echo of the deadly energy peculiar to the body of a jaguar". It is not a question here of a necklace but a head ornament worn and made by man. Nevertheless, the principle remains the same. The individual who was the bearer, in turn played the predator's role and found in it the dynamics of the animal to which he was symbolically linked.