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?

Going off half-cocked

Many older guns have a form of safety that prevents the gun from being fired when the hammer is pulled halfway back. Sometimes a fault develops which allows the gun to fire when the hammer is in the half-cocked position, before a proper aim can be taken.