Title Tomb of Rameses IX (Corridor C, South)
Type Astronomical Representation
Decan List Family AR3
EAT3 Number and Name 28 Ramses IX A
EAT3 Pages and Plates 36-37, Pl 15A. Also EAT 2 Pl 8 (lower half).
EAT3 Decan List Family Seti I A A
Publications EAT2; Theban Mapping Project
Location In situ; Ceiling of Corridor C, KV 6, Valley of the Kings, Theban Necropolis
Date 20th dynasty


Registers 3
Circumpolar Group and Deities Yes:  9 behind Hippo; 10 opposite + 5 extra figures

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 No
Lunar Months No
Civil Months Yes, in the Ramesside star tables
Nut No
Other features The third register contains Ramesside star clock tables 1-6



One of two astronomical decorations in this tomb. The paired representation, Tomb of Rameses IX (Corridor C, North), occupies the other half of this corridor's ceiling and contains the Ramesside star clock tables 19-23 and 13.



 28RamsesIXA  schematic


Legend for Schematic
C Circumpolar group of constellations
A Circumpolar attendant deities
D Decans
P Planets
M Ramesside star clock tables 1-12
X Other cosmic deities:  content from other funerary texts
 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.


tpy-a knmt Hapy, Imseti       
knmt Isis  
3 Xry xpd knmt Children of Horus  
4 HAt DAt Children of Horus  
5 pHwy DAt Children of Horus  
6 TmAt Hrt Children of Horus  
TmAt Xrt Duamutef  
8 wSAty bkAty Duamutef  
9 sbAw mHw Duamutef  
10 tpy-a xnt<t> Duamutef, Hapy  
11 xnt<t> Hrt Horus  
12 xnt<t> Xrt wS  
13 Tms n xnt<t> wS  
14 sApti xnwy Isis, Nephthys Boat
15 Hry-ib wiA wS
16 sSmw  
17 knmw Children of Horus  
18 tpy-a smd Horus  
19 smd Hapy  
20 srt Isis Xt 3-nwt
21 sAwy srt Duamutef  
22 Xry xpd srt Kebehsenuf  
23 tpy-a Axwy Duamutef  
24 Axwy Duamutef, Kebehsenuf  
25 bAwy Imseti, Hapy  
27 Hry-ib xnt<w> Horus Cluster  
26 xnt<w> Hrw Horus
28 xnt<w> Xrw Horus
29 qd Horus  
  Hapy, Kebehsenuf (Figure of King)
    Xt 5-nwt
39 spdt Isis Sopdet
SP1 Hr-wpS-tAwy rn=f sbA Smsw n pt, Two Horuses Planet
SP2 Hr-kA-pt rn=f DA pt rn=f sbA imnty pt Planet
SP3 Hr-Axty rn=f sbA iAbty pt Planet
L nTr wAS Duamutef  
IP1 sbg wS m wx<A> nTr m dwAt  
IP2 DA baH Osiris Benu

The decan numbers and letters shown here are for the decan family AR3

SP = superior planet

IP = inferior planet

Grey shading = damage

< > = omitted but understood

( ) = 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.