We found this grand souvenir from the Exposition Coloniale Internationale de Paris 1931 in a small village during one of our visits to France. Pictured is the huge Cambodian temple Angkor Wat, a very decadent symbol of French colonization, as France was the protectorate of Cambodia.
The exposition opened May 6, 1931 on the outskirts of Paris. As many as 9 million visitors were thought to have attended from all over the world. People from the French colonies created arts and crafts native to their countries and performed in cultural re-creations of their customs, such as tribal dances and ceremonies. Other nations also participated in the event, including The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Originally an ashtray (cendrier) someone attached pom poms and a cord to hang this on the wall as a sculpture. Marked to the back déposé (registered) and what looks like the letters DAA in a triangle, which we assume is the maker’s mark to whom the design is registered. Made of a heavy metal. Measures 16cm by 11cm.
Souvenir from French Colonial Exposition 1931 Paris