Title Tuna el-Gebel Gallery C (C-2)
Type Astronomical Representation
Decan List Family AR1
EAT3 Number and Name 41 Hermopolis B
EAT3 Pages and Plates 10-12, Pl 1 (northern half), EAT 1 Pl 24 (southern half), Pl 25 (photograph)
EAT3 Decan List Family Senmut
Publications Gabra (1939), Kessler (1998), Projekt Tuna el-Gebel, Schlüter (2015)
Location In situ; Baboon Chamber G-C-C-2 in the animal catacombs, Tuna el-Gebel
Date Ptolemaic, time of Ptolemy I
Registers 2
Circumpolar Group and Deities Yes: no figures behind hippo preserved; 7 preserved opposite

Superior:  Jupiter, Saturn, (Mars area not preserved but presumably omitted)

Inferior:  neither preserved

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

Although this astronomical representation is Ptolemaic, it strongly resembles the earliest designs.  Only a small part of each of the two registers is preserved.


 41HermopolisB 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 (not present here, but would be on the left, facing right)

 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. 

30 xAw Children of Horus
8-nwt Xt
33 Xry rmn sAH Children of Horus, 35 <sAH>, Osiris Sahu
Stars of Sahu
31 art, 32 Hry rmn sAH Children of Horus, Eye <of Horus>
36 spdt Isis Sopdet
SP1 Hr-tAS-tAwy rn=f rsy pt sbA Planet
SP2 Hr-kA-pt DA pt iAbty s[bA] Planet

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

SP = superior planet

Grey shading = damage

< > = omitted but understood

[ ] = 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.