Studio portrait of an Parsee woman and child, Bombay.
Photographer: Chintamon, Hurrichund
Medium: Photographic print
Studio portrait of a woman standing and a child seated on European style chair taken at Mumbai, India. This photograph is from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections and was exhibited in the 1867 Paris Exhibition. This image was probably by William Johnson despite the crediting of the image to Hurrichund Chintamon. 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 Zorastrian, 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.