Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar wearing the 5-strand pearl necklace, the 7 strand pearl necklace and a large sash of pearls. Every Indian Maharaja worth his salt had a sizable pearl collection and Holkars were no exception to the rule. The pearls of the maharajas were no ordinary pearls, but Basra pearls of the finest quality.
The son of H.H. Chunnasee Rajoonath Pant by Bourne and Shepherd in the late 1860s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The youth in this photograph is holding a sword, leaning a against a banister rail beside a sculptural ornament of a horse and archer. .