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Fragment of a man from a ridge tile: EC.26-1939

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


fragment of a man from a ridge tile


Pottery: Ely Pottery (Probably)




Eathenware, with incised decoration and green lead-glaze. The head, shoulders and top of the right arm of a man, probably wearing mail


History note: Dug up about ten yards north-west of the western jamb of the central arch (bearing the college arms on its north and Fishers arms on its south face) of the new building at St John's College, Cambridge, on 12th October 1929.

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Given by the Master and Fellows of St John's College

Measurements and weight

Height: 6½ in
Width: 3 3/4 in

Place(s) associated

  • Ely ⪼ Cambridgeshire ⪼ England

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1939) by St John's College


13th Century-14th Century#
1200 CE - 1400 CE


Probably made in Ely, Decorated ridges were a feature of medieval houses. In the 13th century zoomorphic and anthropomorphi finials were used to ornament them, some, larger than this were hollow and served as louvers, others were purely decorative. They continued in the 14th century (see Documentation, Wood).

Zoomorphic and anthropomorphic finials for ridge tiles were fashionable in the 13th and 14th centuries. This example was found near the new buildings at St John’s College on 2 October, 1939.

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Surface composed of lead-glaze ( green)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.26-1939
Primary reference Number: 76922
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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