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.  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 "AR3" to refer to one tradition of decans used in Astronomical Representations.  AR3 is equivalent to the Seti I A Family in EAT3.

Occurences of decan list AR3 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 B) KV 9, Valley of the Kings 20th Dynasty 21 Ramses VI A
2 Tomb of Rameses V/VI (Pillared Chamber F, South) KV 9, Valley of the Kings 20th Dynasty 22 Ramses VI B
3 Tomb of Rameses VII (Burial Chamber J, South) KV 1, Valley of the Kings 20th Dynasty 26 Ramses VII A
4 Tomb of Rameses IX (Corridor C, South) KV 6, Valley of the Kings 20th Dynasty 28 Ramses IX A
5 Sarcophagus of Nakhtnebef Berlin Late Period 39 Nekhtnebef
6 Tomb of Petosiris (Chamber 1) (now destroyed) Greco-Roman 48 Petosiris
7 Tomb of Petosiris (Chamber 2) (now destroyed) Greco-Roman -
Composition of decan list AR3

This table shows the decans composing decan list AR3, 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 by clicking on the name of the representation in the table above.

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 AR3 is given. 


Decan is present in the star table
Decan is split into two
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 owing to loss or damage


EAT3 AR3 ListDecanDeity or Deities123456


1 1 tpy-a knmt Hapy, Imseti    
2 2 knmt  Isis    
4 3 Xry xpd knmt Children of Horus    
6 4 HAt DAt Children of Horus    
8 5 pHwy DAt Children of Horus    
10 6 TmAt Hrt  Children of Horus    
12 7 TmAt Xrt  Duamutef    
14 8 wSAty bkAty Duamutef    
17 9 sbAw mHw Duamutef      
19 10 tpy-a xntt Duamutef, Hapy    
20 11 xntt Hrt Horus      
21 12 xntt Xrt  -    
22 13 Tms n xntt  wS    
25 14 sApti xnwy Isis, Nephthys      
28 15 Hry-ib wiA  wS    
30 16 Ssmw wS    
32 17 knmw Children of Horus    
33 18 tpy-a smd Horus    
36 19 smd  Hapy    
37 20 srt  Isis    
38 21 sAwy srt  Duamutef    
39 22 Xry xpd srt  Kebehsenuf    
40 23 tpy-a Axwy Duamutef    
41 24 Axwy Duamutef, Kebehsenuf    
44 25 bAwy Imseti, Hapy    
45 26 xnt(w) Hrw Horus    
 46 27 Hry-ib xnt(w) Horus      
47 28 xnt(w) Xrw Horus    
48 29 qd  Horus    
49 30 sAwy qd Hapy, Kebehsenuf    
50 31 xAw  Horus    
51 32 art  Osiris      
53 33 iwn sAH Horus        
55 34 rmn Hry sAH Eye of Horus      
56 35 msDr sAH Children of Horus        
59 36 rmn Xry sAH Eye of Horus    
60 37 a sAH Eye of Horus    
63 38 sAH Osiris    
68 39 spdt Isis      
84 A Stwy -        
71/85 B siAtw -        
86 C .bn Imseti      
87 D hnhn Hapy      
88 E kAkA Duamutef      
89 F nbi wr Kebehsenuf      
90 G nsrw Imseti      
91 H sSpt  Eyes (of Horus)      
 92 I nhs Horus      
93 J ipds Horus        
94 K abSs Horus        
95 L nTr wAS Duamutef