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 population, Feathers, mother-of-pearl, vegetal fibres, bark, resin, cotton, woman's hair, 30 X 5.5 cm, Dina and Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition, 71.1936.48.135
Also part of a pair, this ear pendant belonged to Tusawa, chief of the Bororo from the Rio Vermelho. The piece of bark covered with black Hocco feathers contrasts with the white ones arranged in an oval shape of mother-of-pearl. The preparation of such a piece was made by an experienced artists because arranging the different materials demanded a lot of knowledge and of meticulousness.