Paradoxically, the latter proved better at absorbing the impact of musket balls when used for breastplates
- an early version of a bullet-proof vest.
A rough list of declining value goes: helmets, breastplates
, gauntlets, back plates, arms and legs/feet--although codpieces seem to fetch something of a premium.
Let me focus on one case study that I can legitimately claim to know something about, since it was the subject of my first academic article four decades ago: the custom of presenting brass gorgets or breastplates
(also known as 'kingplates'), which Governor Lachlan Macquarie instituted in February 1815 by inscribing the first one to 'Bungaree Chief Broken Bay Tribe'.
When the time came for Anna to hang up her helmet and breastplate
, she did it in grand style in the Anna Russell First Farewell Tour, which played to sold-out houses, including Carnegie Hall.
It is here that, once again, Daudet moves beyond the conventional, for a breastplate
may be removed at will once danger has passed, but this one is fixed and unrelenting.
These items range from glass beads for protection against the evil eye, to the mezuzah found on door frames, to the hamsa (five fingered hand), engraved pendants, tiny boxes containing special prayers, Aaron's breastplate
, the knots on the prayer shawl, the teffilin, henna hand and foot painting, amulets from the Sefer Raziel that protect newborn infants from evil forces, and so much more.
Check out the Hymnal Companion to the Lutheran Book of Worship (Stulken) for the story behind this hymn, a lorica (hard shell or breastplate
, sometimes made of deerskin) attributed to St.
," a prayer attributed to the fifth-century evangelizer of Ireland, whose feast day is March 17)
with his clothes on backward, with his hat turned askew, and with an old breastplate
slung over his shoulders" (49).
Lehmann); "The High Priest in the Post-Exilic Period: His Status and Garb" (Zwickel); "Colors in the Ancient World" (Zwickel); "The Meaning of the Breastplate
of the High Priest" (Zwickel); "The Date of the Breastplate
of the High Priest" (Zwickel); "The Precious Stones in the Breastplate
and in the Heavenly Jerusalem" (Zwickel); "The Heavenly Jerusalem" (Otto Bacher); and "The Reception (Wirkungsgeschichte) of the Heavenly Jerusalem" (Otto Bacher).
is gathered in at the waist to imitate the look of pleated clothing.
Bull technique: Drive your head to a point just above the numbers while keeping both hands on the opponent's shoulders or breastplate
in a forward driving motion.