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Ceremonial Armors for Man and Horse

Ceremonial Armors for Man and Horse

Chinese, Qing dynasty, 18th century

 

The man's armor, known as dingjia (armor with nails) , is a very elaborate example of the military costume worn at the imperial court by high-ranking officials in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It consists of a jacket with sleeves and an ankle length skirt constructed of narrow overlapping plates riveted inside the fabric layers with the securing rites head visible on the outside. Some of these plates of brightly polished are exposed on the arms and shirt. Although not intented foir use in battle, the jacket is future reinforced with large shoulder pieces , panels under the arms and a small panel of similar construction that covers the lower abdomen. This fashion thus combines the warrior's practical but usually plain armor and the ceremonial robes often worn over it. This example is embroidered with gold and colorful silk threads in traditional designs of dragons and waves. The delicately engraved and gilt steel plates at the shoulders repeat these motifs. The helmet is surmounted by a crest of sable tails, coral, and kingfisher feathers mounted with cloissonne enamels. The horse armor has no internal plates but merely the rivets heads to give the outward appearance of armor.

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Taken on July 10, 2009