In today's usage the term describes elaborately decorated cavalry
armour: helmets with face masks, ornamented cover flaps on the
suits of armour and mail shirts, greaves,
bosses, and the armour covering the horses' heads.
The ancient literary tract about the cavalry from Arrianus in the first third of the 2nd century is consulted as a source.
The armour was worn by two groups in competitions. The elaborate decorations illustrate Hercules and the goddess Minerva. Images of dolphins, snakes, or Ganymede indicate the existence of a death cult and worship of the dead.
"Paraderüstung", Limes-Lexikon 2009, 105f.
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