Astronomical representations can be categorized according to their decanal content (EAT3).  Often, representations which share similar decanal content share other commonalities of style and/or layout (Symons, 2015b).  In EAT3, Neugebauer and Parker grouped their "monuments" (astronomical texts) into decan list families.  They named each family after the earliest occurence of that decan list.  This naming convention can be confusing (for example, there are three families named after "Seti I", because the earliest instance of each occured in the reign of that pharaoh).  In this database, we use "AR1" to refer to one tradition of decans used in Astronomical Representations.  AR1 is equivalent to the Senmut Family in EAT3.

The AR1 decan list can be accompanied by one of two sets of decanal deities.  The less common deity list, described below, is restricted to four closely-related 20th dynasty tomb ceilings.  This variant is called Senmut B in EAT3.  The deity names in bold in the final table on this page are different to those in the main AR1 list.


Occurences of this decan list in astronomical representations

The "key" in the first column is the code used to distinguish this astronomical representation in the table later on this page. 

KeyTitleLocationDateEAT3 Number & Name
1 Tomb of Rameses V/VI (Corridor C) KV 9, Valley of the Kings 20th Dynasty 23 Ramses VI C
2 Tomb of Rameses V/VI (Pillared Chamber F, North) KV 9, Valley of the Kings 20th Dynasty 24 Ramses VI D
3 Tomb of Rameses VII (Burial Chamber J, North) KV 1, Valley of the Kings 20th Dynasty 27 Ramses VII B
4 Tomb of Rameses IX (Corridor C, North) KV 6, Valley of the Kings 20th Dynasty 29 Ramses IX B
Composition of the decan list

This table shows the decans composing decan list AR1, their deities in most of the occurences, and their appearances in astronomical the astronomical representations listed above.  For details (especially of variant deities, spelling, order, survival in damaged areas, and bibliographic references), see the individual records for each astronomical representation.  No decans survive in 14, Tuna el-Gebel Gallery C (A-28).

In the first column, the numbering assigned to this decan name in the list of all decans in EAT3.  In the second column, the sequential numbering for this decan in the list AR1 is given.

Decan is present in the star table
Decan is omitted
Decan occurs in the triangle area between the superior and inferior planets
- Decan is not expected to occur
  Parts of the decan list that are missing through loss or damage


EAT3AR1 ListDecanDeity or Deities1




1 1 tpy-a knmt Geb
2 2 knmt  Ba
4 3 Xry xpd knmt Preeminent in Khas ?○
6 4 HAt DAt Isis
8 5 pHwy DAt Lady of Aphroditopolis
10 6 TmAt Hrt  Children of Horus
12 7 TmAt Xrt  Children of Horus
13 8 wSAti  Duamutef, Kebehsenuf
15 9 bkAti  Duamutef, Kebehsenuf
19 10 tpy-a xntt Hapy, Duamutef
20 11 xntt Hrt Horus
21 12 xntt Xrt  Seth
22 13 Tms n xntt  Horus
25 14 sApti xnwy Isis, Nephthys
28 15 Hry-ib wiA  Seth (wS)
30 16 sSmw Seth (wS)  
32 17 knmw Children of Horus
33 18 tpy-a smd Horus
36 19 smd  Hapy
37 20 sit  Isis
38 21 sAwy sit  Duamutef, Kebehsenuf
39 22 Xry xpd srt  Kebehsenuf
40 23 tpy-a Ax(wy) Duamutef, Kebehsenuf
41 24 Ax(wy) Duamutef, Kebehsenuf
44 25 bA(wy) Hapy, Imseti
45 26 xntw Hr(w) Horus
47 27 (xntw) Xrw Horus
48 28 qd  Children of Horus
49 29 sAwy qd Hapy, Kebehsenuf  
50 30 xAw  Children of Horus
51 31 art  Eye of Horus
55 32 Hry rmn sAH Children of Horus  
59 33 Xry rmn sAH Children of Horus  
60 34 rmn sAH Eye of Horus
63 35 sAH Osiris
68 36 spdt Isis
84 A Stwy Hapy, Duamutef
90 B nsrw Imseti
91 C sSpt  Eyes of Horus
93 D hpds Horus
94 E abSs Horus
95 F nTr wAS Duamutef