Object Title

Left front body panel

Left front body panel


17th century - 18th century

Object Number



Acquired in India by Lady Clive, wife of Edward, 2nd Lord Clive (Governor of Madras), between 1798 and 1800, and brought back to England in 1801; displayed in the 'Elephant Room' at Powis Castle. Placed on loan to the Tower Armouries in 1949 for conservation. Presented to the Armouries in lieu of death duty by the Earl of Powis, 1962.

Physical Description

The left front armour panel is of mail and plate construction and lined with modern black fabric. The panel is composed of columns of smaller plates interspersed with large embossed iron plates with brass borders. The panel has eleven of these larger embossed plates which depict five charging elephants, one lotus, one peacock and four pairs of adorsed fish. In total this panel contains some 948 plates.

The body panels are attached by a series of leather straps passing over the elephant's back.



Left front panelLength1670 mm
Left front panelWeight18 kg
Left front panelWidth1370 mm

Inscriptions and Marks



Suffixed for transportation and storage purposes on 17/06/2013.