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, Tupi or Nambikwara Population, Grains, feathers, vegetal fibres, 10 X 12 cm, Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition, 71.1939.88.491
Every Amazonian ornament carries an animist shape. Man susceptible to exhibiting these feather objects proved that he was in perfect harmony with nature. This pendant possesses the special human feature embellished with grains. Fortunately, animal and vegetable mix well together here.