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.
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.