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Bead with Name of King Amenemhat

A work made of carnelian and gold.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of carnelian and gold.


Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, about 1985–1777 BCE



About this artwork

Carved from carnelian, this spherical bead is incised with a cartouche, a protective ring that encircled a king’s name in ancient Egyptian writing. The small hieroglyphs written from right to left inside this cartouche read “Amenemhat,” a name that means “[the god] Amun is in front.” Many ancient Egyptians had multipart names that incorporated a god or goddess’s name, sometimes indicating a personal affinity with them. This bead names one of four kings who bore the name Amenemhat during Egypt’s 12th Dynasty (about 1985–1773 BCE). It has a gold cap at the top and bottom along with a suspension loop so that it can be strung and worn as part of a necklace or other jewelry.


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Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Bead with Name of King Amenemhat


Egypt (Object made in)

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c. 1985 BCE–1777 BCE


Carnelian and gold




1.9 × 1.4 × 1.4 cm (3/4 × 9/16 × 9/16 in.)

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Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson

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