Title Tomb of Rameses V/VI (Corridor B)
Type Astronomical Representation
Decan List Family AR3
EAT3 Number and Name 21 Ramses VI A
EAT3 Pages and Plates 29-30, Fig 6.  EAT 2 Pl 3 and 4.
EAT3 Decan List Family Seti I A Subgroup A
Publications Grapow (1956); EAT2; Theban Mapping Project
Location In situ; Ceiling of Corridor B in the tomb of Rameses V and VI, KV 9, Valley of the Kings, Theban Necropolis
Date 20th dynasty


Registers 3
Circumpolar Group and Deities Yes: 9 figures behind hippo; 10 opposite

Superior:  Jupiter, Saturn, Mars

Inferior:  Mercury, Venus are both too damaged to see in the plates

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 1-12



One of several astronomical decorations in this tomb. The paired representation in Corridor C, which belongs to a another family, occupies the next corridor's ceiling and contains the Ramesside star clock tables 13-24.



 21RamsesVIA  schematic


Legend for Schematic
C Circumpolar group of constellations
A Circumpolar attendant deities
D Decans
P Planets
M Ramesside star clock tables
 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. 


  Hapy, Imseti       
  Children of Horus  
  [ ] Horus  
  [ ] Horus  
  [ ] Horus  
8 wSAty [bkAty] [Dua]mut[ef]  
  [ ]ef  
  Duamutef, Kebehsenuf  
  [ ]ef  
  [ ]y  
  Horus 3-nwt Xt
  Horus Cluster
  Isis 3-nwt Xt

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

SP = superior planet

IP = inferior planet

Grey shading = damage

[ ] = damaged text

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.