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Women smoking the hookah/nargile, a common practice in Mughal India that declined by the late 19th century: 5) Nautch girl, possibly late 19th cent.

Women smoking the hookah/nargile, a common practice in Mughal India that declined by the late century: Woman under a tree, Pahari,

Maharaja Sayaiji-Roa, Gaekwar, Baroda. 1902. Wearing his famous seven row diamond necklace and other diamond ornaments. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, virtually every Indian Maharaja commissioned state photographs of themselves wearing their most important jewelry as a symbol of their power and position.

The Magnificent Maharajas of India

Maharaja Sayaji-Rav Gaekwar of Gujarat, circa Of particular note is the seven-row diamond necklace of outstanding size and quality.

Nawab begum sajida sultan of bhopal, also begum of pataudi

Nawab Begum Sajida Sultan of Bhopal, also Begum of Pataudi, c Image: KL Syed & Co.

Sri Lanka ~ Jaffna | Two Tamil women show their elaborate braids and gold coins. | © Gilbert H. Grosvenor / Vintage National Geographic

Sri Lanka ~ Jaffna | Two Tamil women show their elaborate braids and gold coins. | © Gilbert H. Grosvenor / Vintage National Geographic

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