Body armor has long been important to tradition and warfare of all peoples around the world. Popular types of armor include helmets and breastplates. Universally, armor serves to protect the body, but also reflects aesthetic ideals through cultural factors. Societies create armor from unique resources, utilizing specific techniques that make them stand apart from others. Although armor visually looks different across the world, it all serves to protect the human body and convey cultural ideals. The following pieces of art, organized in order based on date of creation, convey the deep and extended history of body armor.