I think all of this is a bit speculative, but it does add another thread to the connections between east and west Asia in antiquity, fascinating glimpses into hidden ties between civilizations.
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Leather Scale Armor from Western China may be Assyrian
have now announced that it was made in the Assyrian empire. Their argument is that it looks exactly like the armor shown in Assyrian carvings, and furthermore it seems to have been mass-produced and adjustable to fit a range of body sizes. If it was not made in the empire, they say, it must have been an exact copy of an Assyrian piece. They suggest that the armor might have belonged to a mercenary from the steppes who took it home with him – the Assyrians employed many mercenaries, including steppes horsemen – or perhaps it was captured by one of the empire's enemies.