Mr Rustomjee N. Khory, Parsee Doctor.
Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd
Medium: Photographic print
Head-and-shoulders oval carte-de-visite portrait of Dr. Rustomjee N. Khory, Mumbai's leading physician of the Victorian era, taken by Bourne and Shepherd in the early 1870s. The Parsees, or Parsis, are descendants of Persians who fled to India in the seventh and eighth centuries to escape Muslim persecution. Their communities are concentrated in Maharashtra and Gujarat states, especially in Bombay. The Parsis are Zoroastrian, often described as fire-worshippers. However, they do not worship fire, instead they revere many aspects of nature as manifestations of the divinity of Ahura Mazdah. The Parsis Community has been pioneers in many fields and are renowned for their philanthropy, founding several cultural, educational and medical institutions.