The young Maharajah of Bansda takes a ride on a fabulously-caparisoned royal elephant; take note of the chattra, the umbrella-like canopy suspended above the maharajah’s head, and long a symbol of Indian royalty. Via Sacala Regia
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.