Many military inventions came from China, including the crossbow and perhaps the most important of them all, gunpowder. Chinese arms and armour could also be classed as great works of art.
This is typical of the leather lamellar armours of western China.
Dates from 500 | Object number: XXVIA.106
A gold 15th century Ming dynasty sword
Dates from 1420 | Object number: XXVIS.295