The Royal Armouries' collection of Asian arms and armour is among the finest in the world. The collection is unique in its broad coverage of every part of Asia, though its greatest strength lies in material from India. Much of the collection was acquired before 1870, and important information on the provenance of the objects was preserved with them.
This book written by Thom Richardson, Deputy Master and Head of Collections at the Royal Armouries, is part of a series of introductions to aspects of the Royal Armouries' collection of arms and armour.
Following on from Thom Richardson's earlier Introduction to Indian Arms and Armour this introduction covers arms and armour of the medieval and early modern periods. Its endpoint is the age of the mass introduction of firearms from the west, and the relative homogenisation of what had been a rich and vibrant diversity of military cultures.
The publication provides fascinating information and stunning photography on a broad facet of the Asian collection covering Medieval Islam, The Ottoman Turks, The Arabian Peninsula, Islamic Kingdoms of North Africa, Iran and Iraq, The Caucasus, Afghanistan, India and Indonesia.