The drawing depicts a creature in a mantle with long, pointy ears and fingers... exactly how the popular, fantasy character Yoda looks like.
The Yoda image comes from a 14th-century manuscript known as the Smithfield Decretals. I'd love to say that it really was Yoda, or was drawn by a medieval time traveler. It's actually an illustration to the biblical story of Samson — the artist clearly had a vivid imagination!
... said Julian Harrison, a curator.
Doctor Harrison additionally said that the decoration in question was one of those that were added to pages, depicting half-humans and half-animals.
According to the Biblical texts, God provided Samson with supernatural powers so that he could manage to fight his enemies and perform heroic acts like killing a lion, an army of Philistines with only the jawbone of a donkey and destroying a Pagan temple.
But, Samson had two weaknesses: his hair, without which he would become weak and powerless, and an affinity for unreliable women.
These weaknesses have been portrayed as fatal in the story of Samson and Delilah.
However, it is not clear which character "Yoda" would portray in the story.
Nobody says that this drawing inspired the creation of a film character, but according to the Star Wars story, Yoda was about 900-years-old when the movie was being made in the late 1970s. If he was really depicted in the manuscript, that would mean that Yoda would, at that moment, be around 260-years-old.