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, Caduveo population, Deer skin, 84 X 60 cm, Dina and Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition, 71.1936.48.352
These rectangular shaped skins, painted by women, are used for making seats during celebrations.The geometric patterns, endowed with a strong symbolic and ritual charge, were obtained from a vegetal dye that gives this quite intensive black colour. Deer hair is retained on the other side of the skin.