he strength of the 12th Dynasty enabled arts and science to flourish. Amenemhet sent his men into the south, to Nubia, where they dug for gold and he opened the mines in the valley of Hammamet.
Both he and his grandson Senusert III lived at Dahshur, and were then buried in the pyramids there. Exquisite jewellery has been found at the site providing evidence of the skill of the Egyptian craftsmen.
The picture shows the pharaoh Amenemhet II portrayed in the form of a sphinx. The carving is made from granite.