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This stone was discovered at Ballaconley keeill (IOMHER 0299.00) near the eastern edge of the parish. The surface has been heavily damaged, but both faces show a large ring-headed cross with arms and shaft decorated with interlace. One face is very badly worn and flaked, but shows remains of tendril-pattern on the panel to the left of the shaft, and a cockerel, symbol of the Resurrection, above the ring.

The other face bears double twist-and-ring interlace on the shaft. The space to the right shows Sigurd slaying Fafnir; the latter is seen writhing as he is stabbed by Sigurd, who is crouched in a pit as described in the Volsunga saga. A later scene is depicted below showing Sigurd who, while roasting the heart of the dragon, scalds his fingers and cools them in his mouth. Below again is Sigurd's steed Grani, next to a tree and a bird, whose language, according to the saga, Sigurd is now able to understand.

The edge of the slab is decorated with plain key-fret. 

Administration / Biographical History: Possibly originally from Ballaconley keeill, Jurby; later moved to stand behind a wooden gate post at the entrance to the church; moved into the churchyard about 1906.

Slab carved with wheel-headed shafted cross on each face with interlace, bird, animal and human figures showing story of Sigurd; Found 1890; 84 inch x 20 x 6.4 inch. Record History: Site visit RCHME/NAR OS Field Worker DS (99) 13/09/1955 - Site visit RCHME/NAR OS Field Worker DWE (99) 09/04/1986 - Desktop update Robinson, Harry A., Dr (13) 20/02/1987 - Desktop update Johnson, Andrew, Mr (41) 07/01/1989

Class Characterisation: 4 - 1 - 4 - 4 - Total 13 * Monument Discrimination: 3 - 1 - 3 - 3 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - Total 14 * Management Appraisal: 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - Total 4 * Assessed Value: 31

Item name: Sigurd Cross Slab (manx Cross 119)

ID number: Manx Cross 119


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