Paul Rivet


Paul Rivet was a French ethnologist. Trained as a physician, in 1901 he took part in the Second French Geodesic Mission for survey measurements of the length of a meridian arc to Ecuador. He remained for five years in South America, where he was mentored by Federico González Suárez, an Ecuadorian bishop, historian and archaeologist. Rivet became interested in the indigenous peoples, beginning an ethnographic study of the Huaorani people of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Returning to France, Rivet went to work with the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, directed by René Verneau. He founded the Musée de l’Homme in 1937.

This selection of images belong to the objects Paul Rivet collected in Ecuador during his stay. The objects organised by form belongs to Asier Mendizabal archive used as an important material in the process of making the exhibition ‘Problemas de estilo y vasijas de barro’.