Fabulous! Detail Parade Armour of Henry II of France

The Parade Armour of Henry II of France, now in Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is believed to date from c 1553-55 and its decoration is attributed to the French goldsmith and engraver Étienne Delaune. Designed for use in pageantry, the armour was fashioned of gold, silver and steel and with leather and red velvet trimmings. It was created for Henry II of France as ceremonial wear; the figures embossed on the breastplate and back are intended to reflect his military achievements.

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