Pinterest • The world’s catalogue of ideas

Chilta hazar masha (Coat of a thousand nails), kulah khud (helmet), bazu band (arm guards). Indian armored clothing made from layers of fabric faced with velvet and studded with numerous small brass nails, which were often gilded. The padded coat, minus its nails, is known for short as a chilta. Fabric armor was very popular in India because metal became very hot under the Indian sun. This example has additional armor plates in the chest area. Royal Armouries in Leeds, England.

Chilta hazar masha (Coat of a thousand nails), bazu band (arm guards), zirah pajama (mail trousers), dhal (shield). Indian armored clothing made from layers of fabric faced with velvet and studded with numerous small brass nails, which were often gilded. Fabric armor was very popular in India because metal became very hot under the Indian sun. Stibbert Museum, Florence Italy.

Detail, helmet of the Safavid era (1501-1722). Among the motifs are grape patterns also seen in the national arts of Georgia.

Indian War Elephant armor, 17th century, made of sheet iron panels and chainmail. Some of the panels have designs of elephants, fish, peacocks and lotus flowers hammered out. The elephant armor is so heavy that it takes three members of staff to lift the headpiece alone. Some of the panels are missing, revealing the way cotton would have been used under the armor for the animal's comfort. Royal Armouries in Leeds, England.

Chilta hazar masha (coat of a thousand nails), kulah khud (helmet), bazu band (arm guards) and matching boots. Indian armored clothing made from layers of fabric faced with velvet and studded with numerous small brass nails, which were often gilded. Fabric armor was very popular in India because metal became very hot under the Indian sun. This example has additional armor plates in the chest, arms and thigh area. Royal Armouries at Leeds, England.

Turban Helmet Date: late 15th century Culture: Iranian Medium: Steel, engraved and damascened with gold and silver

Indian (Maratha), top (helmet), char aina (curaiss), dastana (vambrace/arm guard), Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia.

Indian (Maratha) top (helmet) and char-aina (cuirass), Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia.

Indian armor, 18th centuy, khula-khud (helmet), char-aina (chahar-aina, chahar a’ineh), literally the four mirrors, chest armor with four plates, dastanas/bazu band (vambrace/arm guards), zirah (mail shirt).