This glazed roof tile once adorned the roof of a Medieval building in Lincoln. Such ridge decoration was once commonplace, and often featured mythical creatures and caricatures.
This tile has a human face on both sides and it has been suggested from the depiction that the face may represent that of a Jew.
Lincoln’s Medieval Jewish community was large, and although some of its members ranked among the wealthiest in the land, though not all of Lincoln’s Jews were so well off.
Sadly, Lincoln had its part to play in the persecution of the Jews which led to their expulsion from Britain in 1290.
Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council, The Collection