Armor made of iron scales was popular during the Western Han Dynasty. Consequently, this gradually came into common use in the Western Han armed forces as primary equipment, during the period 206 BCE to 220 CE.
Qin Soldier's Armor, based on the examples of armor excavated from the Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warrior pits. The length of the armor is 64 centimeters, while the circular skirt width is 64 centimeters.
Chinese Sui Dynasty AD) Armor of the Sui Dynasty generally took the shape of scales, the length extended to the abdomen, in place of the original leather armor skirt. The lotus leaf foliated armor pieces protected the lower abdomen.
Northern and Southern Dynasties Warriors CE - 581 CE) of this Period (circa CE) - This painting depicts the body armor typical of soldiers and cavalrymen of the Southern & Northern Dynasties. Note that the horse is also attired in armor.