Oriental gallery showing elephant armour and mongol warrior

Oriental Gallery

YouTube llink to Oriental Gallery Tour The Oriental gallery concentrates upon the great civilisations of Asia, and its purpose is to show how arms and armour can provide a key to understanding Asian history.

The cultures of Asia are far more diverse than those of Europe, and the gallery is divided into a number of distinct zones:

There is one theme that unites all these diverse cultures and has dominated the way in which war was waged in most of them until the 19th century, the use of the mounted archer.

Did you know?

Too hot to handle

Before the Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum revolver the most powerful handgun in the world was the Mars pistol. It was so powerful that during testing in 1906, the Royal Navy vowed never to fire it again.