One problem with fighting enemies who are on horseback is that it’s hard to get a solid blow in when your opponent is higher than you. One invention that was used to help even the playing field was the fearsome man catcher.The man catcher consists of a hoop with spikes around the inside. Man catchers were used to snag riders around the neck and drag them off of their horses, making them easier to kill. The device saw its fair share of use during the wars of the 1500s.
The yatagan was popular throughout the Ottoman Empire. Single-edged blade that curves slightly inward and by a hilt with no guard and two flared wings at the pommel. Date: dated 1802–3 Culture: Anatolian or Balkan Medium: Steel, silver, gold, coral. Dimensions: Weight, 3 lb. 8 oz.; Weight without scabbard, 1 lb. 14 oz.; Length without scabbard 29 in. (73.66 cm) Length of blade 23 1/8 in.; Greatest width 2 1/4 in.; Greatest width of blade 1 1/4 in.
Ceremonial Dagger (Bichwa), 17th century. South Indian, Thanjavur. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2014 (2014.190) | This work is featured in our Arms and Armor Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014 exhibition on view through December 6, 2015. #sword
Golden Roman helmet | Golden Roman helmet found near ancient city of Sirmium, nowadays city of Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia. Discovered in 1955 it was dated to around 4th century AD. It is considered that this helmet was manufactured in the imperial workshop in Sirmium.