Amenemhet II was the third pharaoh of the 12th Dynasty. He had a relatively long reign, the highest recorded date attesting to a 35 year reign from 1922 – 1878 BC. His lineage is somewhat ambiguous, with his mother’s name known for certain, but there remains some obscurity as to who his father was. Most likely it was his predecessor, Senusret I. His name is recorded on various international destinations, showing us that he enhanced international relations.
Not all scarabs bearing a royal name are contemporaneous to the ruling pharaoh. Some kings were held in particularly high regard, and thus their name appears on scarabs hundreds of years after their reign.
To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings.