Chinese Breastplate Armor

  • Medieval Asia
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

An early example of modern “Body Armor”, these 14th Century Breastplates were designed to be worn under regular clothing. Consisting of twin shaped Front components), the were constructed of bamboo (shaved into thin plates). Multiple layers of this wood was then lacquered with animal fat and allowed to dry. This created a very strong shield. The lacquered wood was riveted to a wooden frame. For extra protection, 2 circular copper plates were positioned on the front . The whole construction was then latched into place. Royalty and Nobility wore these as ways to protect themselves from Assassins.