Qing Brigandine Armour

Right pic: Early to middle period Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) brigandine armour. Notice gold-gilded helmet trimmings and the armour plates running the full length of the sleeves

Below: Brigandine armour of Nurhaci, the uniter of the Manchu tribes, whose successors went on to found the Qing Dynasty

Elite Chinese Imperial Guards of Ming Emperor Jiajing (1522-1567). Notice the distinctive armour plates along the entire length of the sleeves, similar to later examples of Qing armour shown above.