On a cold day with some rain and even a little snow, Maurice and I decided to visit the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum as neither of us have ever been. In fact, it’s in an area of Paris that I seldom visit near the Princess Diana memorial and not too far from the Eiffel Tower. Arts & Civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas are what you see here, archeology type things which I love. They also had an exhibit of items from Peru.
The architecture of the building was incredible. This giant sculpture greets you as you enter.
You can see a bit of the architecture here.
As we walked up a winding path inside heading toward the exhibits, there was a sort of moving river of words and locations from all over the world. Once you reached the main exhibits there were curving walls and seating areas everywhere all covered with a smooth tan leather.
This art work, made of actual human skulls, was found in New Guinea. They were head hunters. They also treated women like property, often selling or stealing wives of other tribes. The men stayed in their own building where no women or children were allowed. They used shells and woven bird feathers for money. They had wooden flutes too for music. There were large carved columns placed on the tombs of the rulers, sort of like totem poles seen in Alaska and Canada.
This was in the Peru exhibit. The archeologists were surprised to find that many communities had women leaders such as this one. It was hard to find much in tombs and burial areas as the explorers from Spain took a lot, especially if it was made of gold. That’s sort of a large decorative ring on her nose which covers her mouth.