Chohan Rajpoots, Delhi

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Chohan Rajpoots, Delhi Between 1862 and 1868
The Rajpoots were the highest secular Hindu caste. The Chohans, descendents of warrior princes, claimed the highest position among the Rajpoot clans. [The author of 'The People of India',] Forbes Watson described them as 'six feet and upwards in height, and stout in proportion, with strikingly handsome features, fair complexions and grey eyes'. The men are photographed in the shade to reduce the glare of the strong light reflected from the dazzling white buildings.

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One of various groups that comprise Hindu society. There are many different castes in a system of social stratification based on ideas of purity and pollution.



  • Acc. No. PGP R 883
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 18.90 x 23.60 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985