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, vegetal fibres, 38 X 15 cm, Dina and Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition, 71.1936.48.67
This diadem made from parrot feathers, mounted in a fan, was made by children. It forms a kind of halo and its colours suggest the influence of a rainbow. Some large circular headgear intended for adults may, in Amazonian cosmology, be sent to the spatial organization of a village.