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The Zodiac of DENDERA

it shows the stars and planets in the positions they would have been seen at that date. it is the only complete map that we have of an ancient sky"has been conjectured to represent the basis on which later astronomy systems were based. It is now on display at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.




The vault of heaven is represented by a disc, held up by four women assisted by falcon-headed spirits. Thirty-six spirits or "decans" around the circumference symbolize the 360 days of the Egyptian year. The constellations shown inside the circle include the signs of the zodiac, most of which are represented almost as they are today. Aries, Taurus, Scorpio, and Capricorn, for example, are easily recognizable, whereas others correspond to a more Egyptian iconography: Aquarius is represented as Hapy, the god of the Nile flood, pouring water from two vases. The constellations of the northern sky, featured in the center, include the Great Bear (Ursa Major) in the form of a bull'…