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, 100 X 18 cm, Dina and Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedidtion, 71.1936.48.2
Claude Lévi-Strauss evokes in Tristes Tropiques the amazement that the Bororo music arouses. The rhomb, that comes from the family of wind instruments, is characterized by its resonance, comparable to that of wind or thunder. It is a ritual instrument used at funeral ceremonies. It was always kept away from the view of women and children.