Studded Leather Armor & Ring Mail Armor: Historical?
Chinese armour was predominantly lamellar from the Warring States period BC - BC onward, prior to which animal parts such as rhinoceros hide, rawhide, and turtle shells were used for protection. Lamellar armour was supplemented by scale armour since the Warring States period or earlier. Partial plate armour was popular from the Northern and Southern dynasties — , and mail and mountain pattern armour from the Tang dynasty — Chain mail had been known since the Han Dynasty , but did not see widespread production or battlefield use, and may have seen as "exotic foreign armor" used as a display of wealth for wealthier officers and soldiers. During the Ming dynasty — , brigandine began to supplant lamellar armour and was used to a great degree into the Qing dynasty — By the 19th century most Qing armour, which was of the brigandine type, were purely ceremonial, having kept the outer studs for aesthetic purposes, and omitted the protective metal plates. The earliest archaeological evidence of armour in China dates to the Shang dynasty.