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, 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."