Title Tomb of Tausret/Sethnakht (Burial Chamber J2)
Type Astronomical Representation
Decan List Family AR2
EAT3 Number and Name 15 Tausert B
EAT3 Pages and Plates 24, Pl 10
EAT3 Decan List Family Seti I C

EAT 3 states that the Orientatal Institute photo 9525-28 is of this ceiling:  the current OI database says 9325-28 instead.

Theban Mapping Project

Location In situ; Ceiling of the second burial chamber in the tomb of Tausret and Sethnakht, KV14, Valley of the Kings, Theban Necropolis
Date 19th dynasty
Registers 2
Circumpolar Group and Deities Yes, only traces remain

Traces of all five remain:

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, a large cluster, Sahu and Sopdet
Decanal Deity Names Yes
Decanal Deity Figures Yes
Lunar Months No
Civil Months No
Nut No

The ceiling is painted on a curved vault and has suffered extensive damage.  The figures of the decanal deities form a procession under the decan list. 


Identical to Tomb of Tausret/Sethnakht (Burial Chamber J1), but even more damaged.

 14TausretA 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.

The list is fragmentary but Neugebauer and Parker believe that it started with 17 knmw.  They place the list in the Seti I C family.

    Baboon-headed god

Jackal-headed god


Two? falcon-headed gods

    Four? gods
    Four? gods
    Four? gods
  Cluster, 6-nwt Xt

Falcon-headed god

  Falcon-headed god
  Falcon-headed god
    Four gods
    Baboon-headed god and jackal-headed god
    Four gods
    Jackal-headed god 



nsrw Imseti God
sSpt Horus God
D ipsD Horus God
E sbSsn Horus Falcon-headed god
nTr wAS Duamutef 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

IP = inferior planet

Grey shading = damage

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.