Truly extraordinary Egyptian Revival bangle bracelet from Elizabeth Taylor for Avon features a series of figures in shiny gold plate, against a matte gold plated background. This is an especially weighty piece and very dimensional; it weighs 233 grams. It is an excellent copy of a hinged bracelet of Queen Aahhotep, the earliest known example of this type of bracelet, made from two interlocking semicircular gold bands. In the original, the background is lapis lazuli.
The figures depict the coronation ritual. In two separate scenes, King Ahmose kneels, protected by Geb enthroned; in one the god wears the red crown of Lower Egypt, in the other the double crown. The original bracelet was found in the burial chamber of Aahhotep--18th Dynasty (Reference: Ancient Egyptian Jewelry by Carol Andrews, 1990).
This is signed on an oval cartouche, with the characteristic E in script and also "Elizabeth Taylor for Avon." Ms. Taylor designed several pieces of jewelry for Avon in the early 1990's. Her Egyptian revival pieces, which include this bracelet, earrings, and a ring, are among the most popular pieces.