101005 | CAMBODIA & FRANCE. Bronze Medal.
101005 | CAMBODIA & FRANCE. Bronze Medal. Issued circa 1930/1 for the Colonial Exposition in Paris (59mm, 102.71 g, 12h). By G.-H. Prud'homme or E.-E. Lindauer in Paris.
Figure in khmer costume seated slightly right on ornate throne / ROYAUME DU CAMBODGE, seven-headed Nāga coiled slightly left, with elaborate mane. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.
Ruedas, Extreme-Orient 32. Choice Mint State. Charming yellow-bronze surfaces.
In 1931, France held an international exposition in Paris highlighting the empire's vast colonial possessions. A monumental event, this expo sold 33 million tickets and lasted six months. Medals played a role in advertising the festivities, with numerous contemporary artists designing works of exonumia featuring some of these colonial aspects. On this piece, traditional images—such as a Cambodian wearing indigenous khmer attire or seven-headed Nāga (a type of legendary serpent at the entrance of temples)—represent the colony, a French protectorate until gaining independence in 1953.
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