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.
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.