Heishi Trade Bead Pillow

kanju’s Heishi Pillow is adorned with a solid ring of white beads— drilled from ostrich egg shells using centuries old hand techniques— around a single natural turquoise pendant, the design itself echoing the shape of the traditional ‘heishi’ ostrich shell bead. These flat round ostrich shell beads are the oldest bead type discovered in the history of mankind, first unearthed in Tanzania and Namibia and dated at over 70,000 years old.


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