Title Tomb of Rameses VII (Burial Chamber J, North)
Type Astronomical Representation
Decan List Family AR1 variant
EAT3 Number and Name 27 Ramses VII B
EAT3 Pages and Plates 35-36, EAT 2 Pl 7
EAT3 Decan List Family Senmut B
Publications EAT2; Theban Mapping Project
Location In situ; Ceiling of burial chamber J, KV 1, Valley of the Kings, Theban Necropolis
Date 20th dynasty
Registers 3
Circumpolar Group and Deities Yes:  8 behind Hippo; 9 opposite (Hpwy is omitted).  No names, no figure of Isis.

Superior:  Jupiter, Saturn, Mars

Inferior:  Mercury, Venus (twice)

Decan Names Yes
Decanal Stars Yes
Personifications of the Decans No
Cluster Numbers Only one
Depictions of Decanal Constellations Yes, but reduced in size
Decanal Deity Names Yes
Decanal Deity Figures No
Lunar Months No
Civil Months Yes, in the Ramesside star tables
Nut Yes, enclosing the astronomical diagram
Other features The third register contains Ramesside star clock tables 13-24. 

The third register occurs on the "shoulder" of the vaulted ceiling.


 27RamsesVIIB  schematic


Legend for Schematic
C Circumpolar group of constellations
A Circumpolar attendant deities
D Decans
P Planets
M Ramesside star clock tables 13-24, representing civil months III Peret (first half) to IV Shemu (last half)
N The sky-goddess Nut
X Other cosmic deities:  a winged sun-disk
 Hippo symbol

Location and orientation of the circumpolar hippo

 Human symbol 

Indicates the starting point and directionality of list or procession of figures

Decan List

The list gives an approximate layout for how the decans, deities, cluster labels (x-nwt Xt), and decanal figures (in bold) are arranged.  However, the only way of perceiving the complete layout and orthography of the labels is by consulting photographs, drawings, or the original.  For conventions and abbreviations, see below the table.   The figure of the King is present in among the decans.

 This astronomical representation is classed as a "Senmut B" (AR1 variant) family member.  Notable features unique to this representation are

  1. The deities of some of the earlier decans are shifted in relation to their decan (Hapy and Duamutef relate to 10 tpy-a xntt, not 8 wSAti) and some deities are omitted entirely.  The relationships become standard from 17 knmw onwards. 
  2. The repetition of 21 sAwy srt and 22 Xry xpd srt
  3. The "spearing man" figure accompanying F nTr wAS in the triangle area
  4. The duplication of IP2 Venus at the very end of the list
tpy-a knmt Geb       
6 TmAt Hrt Children of Horus  
TmAt Xrt Children of Horus  
8 wSAti Duamutef  
11 xnty <Hrt> Horus  
12 xnty Xr<t> Seth  
13 Tms n xntt Horus  
14 sApti xnwy Isis, Nephthys Boat
15 Hry-ib wiA wS
16 sSmw wS
17 knmw Children of Horus  
18 tpy-a smd Horus  
22 Xry xpd <srt> Kebehsenuf  
23 tpy-a Ax<wy> Duamutef, Kebehsenuf  
[ ] Kebehsenuf Duamutef, Kebehsenuf Kebehsenuf
25 bAw<y> Hapy, Imseti (Figure of King)
26 xnt{y}<w> Hrt, Horus, 6-nwt Xt Cluster
27 xntw Xrw Horus  
32 Hry rmn sAH Children of Horus  
31 art Eye of Horus  
35 sAH Osiris  
33 Xry rmn sAH Children of Horus (Figure of King)
SP1 sbA rsy pt Hr-StA-tAwy rn=f Smsw n pt   Planet
SP2 Hr-kA-pt rn=f sbA iAbty DA <pt>   Planet
SP3 Hr-Axty rn=f Re Planet
Stwy Hapy, Duamutef Turtles
nsrw Imseti
sSpt Eyes of Horus  
D ipsD Horus  
E sbSsn Horus  
nTr wAS (Spearing man) Duamutef
IP1 sbgw Seth (stS m wx{A} nTr m dwA<y>t) (Figure of King)
IP2 sbA-DA baH
Benu Osiris
IP2 sbA-DA baH Benu Osiris

The decan numbers and letters shown here are for the decan family AR1 and AR1 variant.

SP = superior planet

IP = inferior planet

Grey shading = damage

< > = omitted but understood

{ } = included in error

( ) = explanatory notes or additional material

The number of star symbols accompanying the decans is also omitted here, as it is often impossible to tell to which decan the symbols refer.  EAT3 deals with star symbols in some detail.