This tile depicts only the head of a wounded man, a small section of the original design. He has taken an arrow to the head and seems shocked, his mouth agape. His cap resembles that of Saladin, and both caps relate loosely to the pileum cornutum, a low peaked hat often associated in northern and western Europe with Jewish and other non-Christian men. Here the cap is used to suggest that this wounded man was a Saracen (Muslim). He is presumably part of Saladin’s army, and the injury he has sustained suggests the superior strength of Richard’s forces.
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