Amenemhat IV was the fifth pharaoh of the Twelfth Dynasty of Egypt, ruling from around 1814 to 1778 BC. He was the son of Amenemhat III and Queen Iset.

During his reign, Amenemhat IV continued the policies of his father and grandfather, expanding Egypt’s territory in the Levant and Nubia and maintaining peaceful relations with the neighboring kingdoms of Syria and Canaan.

One of Amenemhat IV’s most notable achievements was the construction of the temple complex at Ismailia, located in the Fayyum region of Egypt. This complex belonged to the god Sokar and featured a large temple, a mortuary temple, and several other structures.

Amenemhat IV also undertook a number of building projects in the city of Memphis. Including the construction of a large temple dedicated to the god Ptah. And the restoration of several other temples and monuments.

In addition to his architectural achievements, Amenemhat IV was also famous for his military campaigns in the Nubian region. He sent expeditions to the region to protect Egypt’s interests and to expand its territory.

Small gneiss sphinx inscribed with the name of Amenemhat IV that was reworked in Ptolemaic times now is on display at the British Museum.[1]


Despite his successes, Amenemhat IV’s reign was not without challenges. There were a number of revolts and uprisings throughout the country. And he faced a number of economic and political difficulties.

Overall, Amenemhat IV was a successful pharaoh who continued the policies of his predecessors and left a lasting legacy in the form of his numerous architectural and cultural achievements. He was succeeded by his son Senusret IV.