Studio portrait of Khan Bahadur Dustorjee Nosherwanjee, Parsee High Priest of the Deccan, at Bombay.
Photographer: Stretton, W.G.
Medium: Photographic print
This half-length studio portrait of Khan Bahadur Dustorjee Nosherwanjee, Parsee High Priest of the Deccan, at Bombay, with a letterpress title on mount was photographed at W.G. Stretton's 'Byculla Studio', c. 1870-72, from the Archaeological Survey of India. In the 19th century, ethnographical prints were produced by large photographic firms operating in India as well as by smaller or temporary studios to meet European demands for souvenirs from the East. Figures were often posed to display their characteristic attributes and artefacts. The Parsees were descendants of Persians who fled to India in the seventh and eighth centuries to escape Muslim persecution. They are Zoroastrian, the religious system commonly known as fire-worship. Their communities are concentrated in Maharashtra and Gujarat states, especially in Bombay.