©Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries Lion armour is one of the finest examples in the world of an armour decorated with embossing and gold damascening after the antique. It is first recorded in an anonymous portrait of about 1615, but thereafter became relatively common in studio portraits of English (and some foreign) nobles, as well as King Charles I and the future Charles II. Parts of the armour appear associated with pieces from the French royal collection in other paintings, and it has been suggested that it may have been made for King Henri II of France. ii.89