831Constellation Figures on the Thebes Zodiac

There is a cluster of figures located in the central area of the lower half of the zodiac. Among these figures we can easily recognize those which represent the constellations of Leo, Scorpio and Taurus. Notice that very similar symbols were used for the zodiacal constellations on the other Egyptian zodiacs. Leo is shown as a figure of a lion lying down on its stomach with the tail stretched out away from its body. Right under its tail, there is a small figure of Scorpio. The both symbols are easy to identify. In front of the lion's head there is a standing male figure with a raised up hand holding a large tray. On the tray, there is a standing figure of a bull — Taurus. Those are the only three zodiacal figures that can be identified in this section of the Thebes zodiac. It seems that the remaining nine other zodiacal figures are not present on this zodiac. In fact, there is not even one familiar figure, which could be considered as a zodiacal constellation. We have to acknowledge that these figures are not present here, or maybe, some other symbols are used to replace them.

Indeed, the remaining nine zodiacal constellations, although they are not important for the astronomical dating, there are in fact present on the Color Thebes zodiac. They are represented in very unusual for the Egyptian zodiacs way. Notice the nine human figures standing on the left hand side from the center in the lower half of the zodiac. Among those figures, we can easily recognize one female figure. The bodies of all the male figures are covered with small dots. If we think about the shapes of the constellations, which appear on the sky filled with small shining dots — the stars, we realize that these figures could represent the remaining nine zodiacal constellations of Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Gemini, Cancer and Virgo. Moreover, the female figure could very well symbolize Virgo. Nevertheless, as we already stated it earlier, this identification of the "constellation sequence" is not important at all for the astronomical dating. There are no additional planetary figures shown among these nine constellations, so there is no additional information that could be useful for the dating.

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