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, Wood, feathers, 63 X 7cm, Dina and Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition, 71.1936.48.250
Made and worn by men, this pin was stuck in the hair. Hocco, Ara and particularly parrot feathers have been arranged with taste around a wooden stalk in order to strengthen the splendour of the one who was the "owner" and who was transformed, symbolically speaking, into a "birdman."