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, Leather, pearls, metal, 34 x 47 cm, Dina and Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition, 71.1936.48.350
This mask, made from Zebra leather, was worn by men during the Bobbottebi carnival. One of the ears resembles a hare and the eyes are encircled with blue and white glass pearls which gives a particularly expressive look. Cut up cans have been used for the the nose, mouth and ears.