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, Karaja population, Raw clay, cotton, bark, wax, 7.5 X 5 cm, Donation from Claude Lévi-Strauss, 71.1938.11.8
This raw clay toy modelled and dried in the sun was made by and for little girls. It represents a woman partly covered with cloth, bark and decorated incisions. These corporeal paints, sign of their ethnic identity, are peculiar to the populations of Brazil. The profuse hair, which hides the tiny face, is made from wax.