Medieval baidana and bakterets
- ABaidana is shown on the left. The term comes from the Arab word,
"badan" - a short, ringed armor. The baidana is a form of
armor made of metal rings. It differs from the kol'chuga itself only in
the size and form of the rings. The baidana's rings look like washers
rather than wire and are large and flat-forged or stamped from sheet metal.
One type of Bakhterets is shown on the right. This was a type of
pantsir orkol'chuga mixed scale or plate (lame) armor 16th century. Another style of
bakhterets is shown on the left in this illustration.
Such armor was called "bakhterets" or
"bekhterets" (from the Mongol word "bekter"
which denotes a type of armor). "Bakhterets" were assembled of
narrow oblong horizontal and slightly curved iron plates, (lame) arranged in
vertical rows. It could contain 1500 narrow lames in 12 to 21 rows.