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17 April

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.

  • Frontal piece of ceremonial headdress

    Frontal piece of ceremonial headdress

  • Peaked helm

    Peaked helm

  • Frontal mask

    Frontal mask

  • Transformation mask

    Transformation mask

  • Shaman statue

    Shaman statue

  • Doll

    Doll

  • Figurine

    Figurine

  • Dancing mask

    Dancing mask

  • Celebration seat

    Celebration seat

  • Flute

    Flute

  • Rhomb

    Rhomb

  • Labial Perforator

    Labial Perforator

  • Hairpin

    Hairpin

  • Diadem

    Diadem

  • Ear pendant

    Ear pendant

  • Ear pendant

    Ear pendant

  • Pair of wrist ribbons

    Pair of wrist ribbons

  • Pendant

    Pendant

  • Necklace

    Necklace

  • Crown

    Crown

  • Ceremonial pendant

    Ceremonial pendant


Figurine

Figurine

Brazil, Caduveo population, Wood, glass pearls, 14.5 X 7 cm, Dina and Claude Lévi-Strauss Expedition, 71.1936.48.508

This macrocephalic person wears multi-coloured glass pearl necklaces, of paraguayan origin, at the neck, thighs and ankles. According to an ancient myth, it would correspond to the "little old man" or "son of God" who came down to earth and chained by the men who refused to listen to him. A storm destroyed the village where he was a prisoner and he found that he was free. Formerly venerated, the natives called these statuettes "santo."