Title Tomb of Montuemhet
Type Astronomical Representation
Decan List Family AR1
EAT3 Number and Name 33 Montemhet
EAT3 Pages and Plates 41-42, Pls 20, 21
EAT3 Decan List Family Senmut
Publications See Porter and Moss.
Location In situ; Ceiling of burial chamber in TT 34, Tombs of the Nobles, Asasif, Thebes
Date 26th dynasty, time of Psamtik I
Registers 2
Circumpolar Group and Deities Yes: 8 figures behind hippo; 7 (possibly 8) opposite

Superior:  Jupiter, Saturn (Mars is omitted)

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 No
Nut No

 This is one of a cluster of astronomical representations in Asasif.  The other members are in the tombs of Petamenophis, Karakhamun, and Ibi.


 33Montemhet 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 (in transliteration), 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 or drawings.

The decan list is almost identical to that of Petamenophis, but is more damaged. 

1 [tpy-a kn]mt Hapy, Imseti       
3 [Xry xpd] knmt, 2 knmt Isis
4 [HAt] DAt, 5 pHwy DAt Duamutef, Children <of Horus>
6 [TmAt] Hrt, 7 TmAt Xrt Duamutef
[8 wSAti], 9 bkAti Duamutef, Hapy
[10 tpy-a xntt], 11 xntt Hrt Horus
12 [xntt] Xrt Seth (headless) Boat
13 Tms n xntt Horus
14 sApti xnwy Isis, Nephthys
15 [Hry-ib] wiA Seth (headless)
16 [sS]mw Seth (headless)
17 [knm]w Children of Horus
18 [tpy-a] smd Horus
19 [s]md Hapy Sheep
20 [si]t Isis, 3-nwt Xt
21 sA[wy si]t Duamutef
22 Xry xpd srt Kebehsenuf     
[23 tpy-a Axwy] Duamutef  
24 Ax[wy] Duamutef, Kebehsenuf

4-nwt Xt

25 bA[wy] Hapy, Imseti
26 xntw Hr<w>, 27 <xntw> Xrw Children of Horus
28 qd, 29 sAwy qd Hapy, Kebeh<senuf>
30 xAw Children of Horus
3-nwt Xt
33 Xry rmn sAH Children of Horus Sahu
35 {Xry rmn} sAH Osiris
Stars of Sahu
31 art Eye of Horus
32 Hry rmn sAH Children of Horus
36 spdt Isis Sopdet
SP1 Hr-tAS-tAwy rn=f rsy pt sbA Planet
SP2 Hr-kA-pt rn=f DA pt imnty sbA Planet
Stwy   Turtles
nsrw <Im>s<eti>, Xt -pw      
sSpt Eyes of Horus
E abSs Horus, D hpds
nTr wAS Duamutef
IP1 sb[g] Seth or Horus
IP2 DA b<a>H
Osiris Benu

The decan numbers and letters shown here are for the decan family AR1

SP = superior planet

IP = inferior planet

Grey shading = damage

< > = omitted but understood

{ } = included in error

[ ] = 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.