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An Indian fakir or holy man.<br />
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Amazing portraits of Maharajas looking their most resplendent have come to light 150 years later.<br />
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The snaps reveal the remarkably elaborate outfits worn by members of the Indian ruling class in the mid 19th century.<br />
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One striking photo shows a Maharaja on horseback holding a long spear, while another is of an Indian ruler in his finery on his throne.<br />
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There are also photos of Nepalese ladies of the court in spectacular dresses and high ranking British officials.