East meets West Yorkshire at the Royal Armouries

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Travel back in time to the great civilisations of Asia inside the Royal Armouries’ Oriental gallery.


Providing an insight into Asian history, discover the arms and armour used during wars across India, Japan, China, South East Asia and Central Asia.

Arms and armour from India form the largest part of the Royal Armouries' Asian collection. Take a look at the Oriental gallery’s famous elephant armour, which takes its place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest animal armour in the world.

This fabulous 17th century armour is composed of 5,840 plates and weighs 118kg. It is the only animal armour of this scale on public display in the world and was acquired in India and later placed on loan to the Armouries in 1949 for conservation.

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