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, iron, 10 X 10.5 cm, Dina and Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition, 71.1936.48.196
Made and worn in pairs, these iris-reflective pendants were the privilege of men. Mother-of-pearl and feather headdresses, they contribute to the costume of an individual gifted with social life abilities and which thus bear witness in a conspicuous way within his group.