A Close-Up Detail Of Henry II's Ceremonial Armor, ca. 1555.
Located at gallery 374 within New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, this gilded and embossed suit of parade armor made for the French king is one of the most elaborate in existence. Standing 188cm (74in) and weighing 24.2kg (53lbs 4oz), the design is attributed to Étienne Delaune, an engraver at the royal mint serving Henry II during his reign from 1547 - 1559.
At the center of the breastplate two women offer a tribute of arms to a Roman warrior, while various scenes of depicting mythological heroes and numerous crescent moons (Henry's badge) adorn the armor throughout.