This carving on the stump of the North Cross (pre-12th century)
at the famous monastery has been interpreted on the one hand as the
god Lug, and, on the other, as an early sheela-na-gig.
It is one of several enigmatic figures on Irish crosses, and has
many artistic resonances - from India to France.
It belongs to the 'squatting' group of figures (see Lusty
More and White Island) rather than to
See also Bredwardine, Kilmainham,