Parade helmet of Emperor Wanli (萬曆皇帝), Ming Dynasty.

Parade helmet of Emperor Wanli (萬曆皇帝), Ming Dynasty.

The emperor's role as head of the military required special ceremonial 'armour'.  Worn for reviews, it was made more for show than active battle.

The emperor's role as head of the military required special ceremonial 'armour'. Worn for reviews, it was made more for show than active battle.

Portrait of Prince Hongming (1705-67 AD).  The prince wears semiformal, winter court dress. The dragon badge on his coat announces his court rank, and the open side vents reveal drawstring pouches and a white scarf hanging from his belt on both left and right. These are typical male costume accessories worn during the Qing dynasty.

Portrait of Prince Hongming (1705-67 AD). The prince wears semiformal, winter court dress. The dragon badge on his coat announces his court rank, and the open side vents reveal drawstring pouches and a white scarf hanging from his belt on both left and right. These are typical male costume accessories worn during the Qing dynasty.

Helmet covered in heavy gold florets with ornate decorations from the  Zhou Dynasty tomb complex of Emperor Wu Wang at Laoyang, circa 1020 BC. This tomb contained helmets and weapons of Jade honoring his defeat of the Shang Dynasty in 1027 BC, founding the Zhou Dynasty.  Covered in brown patina, circa 1027-771 BC.

Helmet covered in heavy gold florets with ornate decorations from the Zhou Dynasty tomb complex of Emperor Wu Wang at Laoyang, circa 1020 BC. This tomb contained helmets and weapons of Jade honoring his defeat of the Shang Dynasty in 1027 BC, founding the Zhou Dynasty. Covered in brown patina, circa 1027-771 BC.

Helmet covered in heavy gold florets with star top, visor front, Jade pearls. From the Zhou Dynasty, Emperor Wu Wang tomb complex at Laoyang, circa 1020 BC, which contained helmets and weapons of Jade honoring his defeat of the Shang Dynasty in 1027 BC, founding the Zhou Dynasty.   Covered in brown patina, circa1027-771 BC.

Helmet covered in heavy gold florets with star top, visor front, Jade pearls. From the Zhou Dynasty, Emperor Wu Wang tomb complex at Laoyang, circa 1020 BC, which contained helmets and weapons of Jade honoring his defeat of the Shang Dynasty in 1027 BC, founding the Zhou Dynasty. Covered in brown patina, circa1027-771 BC.

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满城尽带黄金甲

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