Title Tomb of Tausret/Sethnakht (Burial Chamber J1)
Type Astronomical Representation
Decan List Family AR2
EAT3 Number and Name 14 Tausert A
EAT3 Pages and Plates 23, Pl 9
EAT3 Decan List Family Seti I C
Publications Theban Mapping Project
Location In situ; Ceiling of the first burial chamber in the tomb of Tausret and Sethnakht, KV14, Valley of the Kings, Theban Necropolis
Date 19th dynasty
Registers 2
Circumpolar Group and Deities Yes: 9 figures behind hippo; 7 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, a large cluster, a sheep, Sahu and Sopdet
Decanal Deity Names Yes
Decanal Deity Figures Yes
Lunar Months No
Civil Months No
Nut No

The ceiling is painted on a curved vault and has suffered damage.  The figures of the decanal deities form a procession under the decan list.


 Damage is not indicated.

14TausretA 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 (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.  This is especially true in this ceiling, as the decan names (first column in the table below), deity names (second column), and deity figures (third column) do not align well. The deitiy assignments in the first half of the list are not standard.

For conventions and abbreviations, see below the table. 

Neugebauer and Parker place the list in the Seti I C family.  Unusually, the figure of the Sheep is placed above the decanal deity names and the list starts with 17 knmw.

17 knmw




{Horus}, Kebehsenuf

Human-headed god

Baboon-headed god

Jackal-headed god

Two falcon-headed gods

18 tpy-a smd Hapy Baboon-headed god
19 smd Isis



Two gods

{19 smd} (perhaps a label for the Sheep figure that appears here)




Falcon-headed god


Falcon-headed god

20 srt{rt}





21 sAwy srt Imseti Human-headed god

22 Xry xpd srt

Hapy Baboon-headed god
23 tpy-a Axwy


Falcon-headed god

Horus, Cluster, 4-nwt Xt Falcon-headed god
24 Axwy Horus Falcon-headed god
25 bAwy

Imseti, Hapy

Four gods
26 xntw Hrw

Kebehsenuf, Duamutef

27 Hry-ib xntw


Baboon-headed god
28 xntw Xrw


Jackal-headed god
29 qd Imseti, Hapy Four gods

30 sAwy qd

Duamutef, Kebehsenuf

31 xAw

[Eye of] Horus  

32 art

Horus Sahu

33 iwn sAH

34 rmn Hrw <sAH>

Eye of Horus

36 rmn Xr<w> sAH

Children of Horus
35 msDr sAH Eye of Horus

36 rmn Xry sAH

Eye of Horus

37 a sAH

38 sAH

39 spdt Isis Sopdet 
SP1 <Hr-tAS-tAwy rn=f> sbA rsy <pt> Planet

SP2 sbA imnty Hr-kA-pt rn=f, Horus


SP3 sbA iAbty Hr-Axty rn=f sqdd=f m xtxt, Re


Stwy Turtles



Jackal-headed god 
Baboon-headed god
nsrw Imseti Human-headed god
sSpt Horus Falcon-headed god
D ipsD Horus Falcon-headed god
E sbSsn Horus Falcon-headed god
nTr wAS [Dua]mut[ef] Jackal-headed god
IP1 sbgw Seth Seth-headed god
IP2 sbA DA
Osiris Benu

The decan numbers and letters shown here are for the decan family AR2

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.