This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
The hilt is in the typical Marwari Rajput style, made by Ram Namar in 1857 A.D.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
Based on the Dutch Beaumont mechanism, but with Indonesian twist forged barrel and golden inlays.
A what? Yes exactly. An extremely rare piece, the only example I am aware of in published collections at least.
The style typical of Kutch, the execution far above what is normally seen on work from that area.