Royal Armouries

The 'Lion' armour

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Armour for shoulder (pauldron) decorated in the form of a lion

Armour for shoulder (pauldron) decorated in the form of a lion - Lion Armour II.89

  • Armour for shoulder (pauldron) decorated in the form of a lion

    Armour for shoulder (pauldron) decorated in the form of a lion - Lion Armour II.89

  • Steel and gold decorated armour embossed with lion heads

    Steel and gold decorated armour embossed with lion heads

  • Top of helmet of an embossed armour depicting a Lion's head.

    Italian about 1550. Part of the finest decorated armour in the Royal Armouries collection, possibly made for King Henri II of France.

  • Gold decoration and embossing in the form of a lion's head on armour

    Gold decoration and embossing in form of a lion's head on breastplate

Date: 1550 | Object number: II.89

The 'Lion' armour

Description

This damascened armour was made either in Italy or France about 1545-50, possibly for Henry II of France.

It is the finest decorated armour in our collection and is covered in fine gold work and embossed all over with snarling lions’ heads.

The helmet is marked with sword cuts possibly received in the tourney. An armour of this splendor would have been an outward symbol of its owner’s great wealth, rank and taste.

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