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
British Columbia, Canada, Tsimshian population, Carved wood, green mother-of-pearl, 22 X 17.5 cm, Former collection of Claude Lévi-Strauss, 70.2002.31.1
Central element of this frontal headdress, this eleborate and ancient piece was intended for the clan chief, probably during ceremonies connected with potlatch, the huge trading systems practised by the North American Indians.It can be seen from this headgear that the personage would be the legendary hero, Aitl, after his capture by a seafaring monster.