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24 November

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


Peaked helm

Peaked helm

Southeast Alaska, Tlingit population, Wood, traces of polychromy, vegetal fibres, H. : 24 cm, Former collections of Max Ernst and Claude Lévi-Strauss, 71.1951.34.1

Also called "head masks", the helm masks were using during ritual dances in a warrier context as a spirit-protector. Carved around a knot of hollowed out wood, this piece represents a feminine figure wearing a labret on her lower lip, a symbol of her rank in the nobility.