On this panel on the 9th century Market Cross of Kells, three persons are depicted with their legs closely interlaced. Helen Roe (1988) suggests that it can be “interpreted as representing torments reserved for sinners.”
Others have pointed out that it hints at the possibility that a brotherhood of masons were responsible for the manufacture of the cross and that they evolved into the Freemasons of today.
“An enquiry into the history and ritual of Freemasonry found a clear survival from the long-forgotten days of a mason’s guild dance and a suggestion that masons were very involved in wrestling, as carved on several High Crosses... Alan Nowell.
Come and see these crosses for yourself and speculate on the meanings of the panels …