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.
Pair of wrist ribbons
Brazil, Bororo population, Feathers, mother-of-pearl, vegetal fibre, cotton, woman's hair, 31.5 X 16 cm, Dina and Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition, 71.1936.48.143
This pair of wrist ribbons was also, as the previous ear pendants, in the possession of chief Tusawa who was in the habit of showing them during celebrations. We can see here the symbiosis between the marine, female and animal universe in these elegant bracelets, signs of a high social rank.