Title Tomb of Sety I
Type Astronomical Representation
Decan List Family AR2
EAT3 Number and Name 6 Seti I C
EAT3 Pages and Plates 14-16, Pl 3 and Fig 3
EAT3 Decan List Family Seti I C
Publications Theban Mapping ProjectLepsius (1846)
Location In situ; Ceiling of burial chamber in the tomb of Sety I, KV17, Valley of the Kings, Theban Necropolis
Date 19th dynasty
Registers 2
Circumpolar Group and Deities Yes: 9 figures behind hippo; 11 opposite

Superior:  Jupiter, Saturn, Mars

Inferior:  Mercury, Venus

Decan Names Yes
Decanal Stars Yes
Personifications of the Decans No
Cluster Numbers Yes
Depictions of Decanal Constellations Yes
Decanal Deity Names Yes
Decanal Deity Figures Yes
Lunar Months No
Civil Months No
Nut No

The ceiling is painted on a curved vault.  The background is dark blue and the colours are well preserved.  This is the earliest surviving example of Neugebauer and Parker's "Seti I C" family of decan lists.  In this ceiling, the deities are shown as figures, much bigger than those normally used for the determinatives of the deity names.  The deities form a procession which almost obscures the decanal constellation figure of the Boat, while in contrast the Sheep is reduced to a determinative-sized figure among the decan names.


 06SetiIC schematic


Legend for Schematic
C Circumpolar group of constellations
A Circumpolar attendant deities
D Decans
P Planets
 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. 

This decan list is used as the archetype for a family of seven astronomical representations.  Neugebauer and Parker call the list "the Seti I C list" and the astronomical representations which that this list "the Seti I C family".  Characteristic features of the decan and planet list are:  the inclusion of the superior planet Mars (SP3), the order of the Sahu decans, the writing of rmn Hrw rather than Hry rmn sAH, and inclusion of Hry-ib xntw, iwn sAH, msDr sAH, a sAH, and sAH.  The other notable feature is that there are 39 ordinary decans from tpy-a knmt to spdt, plus six triangle decans.

tpy-a knmt Geb Human-headed god
knmt Ba Ram-headed god
3 Xry xpd <knmt> Pre-eminent-in-Khas Lioness-headed goddess
4 HAt DAt Isis Human-headed goddess
pH<wy> DAt Lady-of-Aphroditopolis Cow-headed goddess
6 TmAt Hrt Imseti, Hapy Human- and baboon-headed gods
TmAt Xrt Kebehsenuf Falcon- and jackal-headed gods
8 wSAti Duamutef Falcon- and jackal-headed gods
bkAti Duamutef, Kebehsenuf Falcon- and jackal-headed gods
10 tpy-a xntt Duamutef, Hapy Baboon- and jackal-headed gods

11 xntt Hrt

12 xntt Xrt, 13 Tms n xntt




Falcon-headed god

Seth-headed god

Falcon-headed god

14 sApti xnwy

15 Hry-ib wiA

16 sSmw

Isis, Nephthys



Two human-headed goddesses

Seth-headed god                             Boat

Falcon-headed god

17 knmw Imseti, Hapy, Duamutef, Kebehsenuf Human-, baboon-, jackal- and falcon-headed gods
19 smd, 18 tpy-a smd Hapy, Horus Two falcon-headed gods
20 srt          Sheep Isis
Human-headed goddess
21 sAwy srt Duamutef, Kebehsenuf Jackal- and two falcon-headed gods

22 Xry xpd srt

<23 tpy-a Axwy>


[Duamutef, Kebehsenuf]

Jackal- and falcon-headed gods
24 Axwy Duamutef, Kebehsenuf Jackal- and falcon-headed gods 
25 bAwy Imseti, Hapy Human- and baboon-headed gods

27 Hry-ib xntw

28 <xntw> Xrw, 26 xntw Hr<w>

29 qd

Horus, Horus, Horus, Cluster, 4-nwt Xt Three falcon-headed gods 
30 sAwy qd

Imseti, Hapy

Kebehsenuf, Duamutef

Kebehsenuf, Hapy

Baboon-, human-, jackal- and falcon-headed gods 

Baboon- and jackal-headed gods

32 art, 31 xAw

34 rmn Hrw <sAH>, 33 iwn sAH

35 msDr sAH

36 rmn Xry sAH

37 a sAH

38 sAH

Imseti, Hapy, Duamutef, Kebehsenuf, Eye of Horus

Horus, Eye of Horus

Children of Horus

Eye of Horus

Eye of Horus


Jackal-, baboon-, human-, and falcon-headed gods






39 spdt Isis Sopdet
SP1 <Hr-tAS-tAwy rn=f> sbA rsy <pt> Planet

SP2 sbA imnty Hr-kA-pt rn=f, Horus


SP3 sbA iAbty Hr-Axty rn=f sqdd=f m xtxt, Re


Stwy Turtles

nsrw Imseti  
sSpt Eyes of Horus [ ] god
D ipsD Horus [ ] god
E sbSsn   [ ] god
nTr wAS [Dua]mut[ef] Jackal-headed god
IP1 sbgw Seth Seth-headed god
IP2 sbA DA
Osiris Benu

The decan numbers and letters shown here are for the decan family AR2

SP = superior planet

IP = inferior planet

Grey shading = damage

< > = omitted but understood

[ ] = damaged text

( ) = 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.