Title Tomb of Rameses VII (Burial Chamber J, South)
Type Astronomical Representation
Decan List Family AR3
EAT3 Number and Name 26 Ramses VII A
EAT3 Pages and Plates 34-35. Also EAT 2 Pl 7.
EAT3 Decan List Family Seti I A A
Publications EAT2; Theban Mapping Project
Location In situ; Ceiling of KV 1 Burial Chamber J, Valley of the Kings, Theban Necropolis
Date 20th dynasty


Registers 3
Circumpolar Group and Deities Yes:  9 behind Hippo; 10 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 No
Lunar Months No
Civil Months Yes, in the Ramesside star tables
Nut Yes, arching over the astronomical representation
Other features The third register contains Ramesside star clock tables 1-12



One of several astronomical decorations in this tomb. In this chamber, the ceiling contains two astronomical diagrams with Ramesside star clock tables, the Book of the Day, and the Book of the Night.  The paired representation, Tomb of Rameses VII (Burial Chamber J, North), occupies the other half of this chamber's ceiling and contains the Ramesside star clock tables 13-24.



 27RamsesVIIA  schematic


Legend for Schematic
C Circumpolar group of constellations
A Circumpolar attendant deities
D Decans
P Planets
M Ramesside star clock tables 1-12

Damaged area

 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  
12 xnt<t> Xrt    
13 Tms n xnt<t> wS  
15 Hry-ib wiA wS  
16 sSmw wS  
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  
26 xnt{y}<w> Hrw Horus  Cluster 
27 xnty Hry-ib Horus  
28 xnty Xrw Horus (Figure of King)
29 qd Horus  
30 sAwy qd Hapy, Kebehsenuf  
31 xAw Horus Xt 5-nwt
36 rmn Xr<y> sAH Eye of Horus
37 a sAH Eye of Horus
38 sAH Osiris, Xt 6-nwt
G nsrw Imseti
(Figure of King)    
H sSpt Eyes <of Horus>
I nhs Horus

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

[ ] = 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.