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    Kenneth X. Robbins Photograph Collection, 1927-1947 [graphic].
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    Robbins, Kenneth X.
    Kenneth X. Robbins Photograph Collection, 1927-1947 [graphic].
    Phy. Description: 
    45 photographic prints.
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Mahabat Khanji Rasukhanji Babi Bahadur was the last ruling Nawab of Junagadh in British India from 1911 to 1947. Mahabat Khanji loved animals, particularly dogs, and is commemorated for having helped save the last Asiatic lions by providing them with a stable habitat. During Indian independence in 1947, the last Nawab chose to accede to the Dominion of Pakistan, causing the downfall of the state administration and the fleeing of the royal family. After being exiled to Pakistan, Mahabat Khanji died on November 17, 1959.
    Scope and Content: 
    Psychiatrist, collector of south Asian art, and writer, Kenneth X. Robbins assembled this collection to document Indian society, particularly court nobles. One photograph album and three photographs comprise this collection. The photograph album documents the Silver Jubilee celebration of Mahabat Khanji Rasukhanji Babi Bahadur, the last Nawab of Junagadh in 1945, including entertainment, events, and formal and informal portraits of participants. The Nawab is shown being saluted by government officials, being weighed in silver, and receiving a gift. Performances by dancing women and marching bands are documented, as are sports such as horseback riding, rock lifting, and running. People portrayed include government officials, prisoners in chains, the Nawab, the Nawab's son, nobles such as Kau Mull Ladha wth his daughter in a limousine, prominent citizens of Junagadh, and uniformed men marching.
    Arranged by subject.
    Cite as: 
    Kenneth X. Robbins Photograph Collection. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Kenneth X. Robbins, 1989.
    Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment:
    Nobility -- Photographs
    Subject - Geographical: 
    India -- Kings and rulers
    India Gujarat Junagadh
    India Gujarat Junagadh
    Form / Genre: 
    Photograph albums
    Photoprints -- 1890-1960.
    Repository Loc: 
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560.
    Local Number: 
    FSA A1990.01
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