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Lamellar armour

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Lamellar armour

Japanese lamellar cuirass

Lamellar armor is a type of early body armor, made from small rectangular plates (scales or lamellae) of iron, leather (rawhide), or bronze laced into horizontal rows. Lamellar armor was used over a wide range of time periods in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and across Asia, including Japan.

Lamellar armor is one of three early body types, the other two being scale armour and laminar armour.


Lamellar armor consists of small platelets known as lamellae, which are punched and laced together, typically in horizontal rows.
One example of how lamellar armor is laced together
Lamellae can be made of metal, leather cuir bouilli, horn, stone, bone or more exotic substances. Metal lamellae may be lacquered to resist corrosion or for decoration. Unlike scale armor, which it resembles, lamellar armor is not attached to a cloth or leather backing (although it is typically worn over a padded undergarment).

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