Detail of japanese decoration of a dragon in silver

Japan

Much of Japan’s early culture was imported via Korea from the great civilisation of the Tang dynasty of China (AD 608-907). Chinese characters, which are the basis of written Japanese, and a great deal of the social structure were imported.

All the armour and weaponry associated with the medieval Samurai have their origins on mainland Asia at this time.


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Waterloo telescope

The telescope carried by the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo is in the Royal Armouries collection.