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Studio portrait of a group of Parsee ladies, Bombay.

Studio portrait of a group of Parsee ladies, Bombay.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/42(4381)

Item number: 4381

Length: 18

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Seven Parsee women, grouped around a table, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. 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.

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