Ostrich Eggshell Beads manufactured from Ostrich eggs. The ostrich bead culture dates back to the Capsian period and have been found in the Kharga oasis dating to the Neolithic period and are known for being some of the earliest African beads dating back some 12,000 years.
Originating from the Western Sahara, these beads were worn for decoration whether for rituals or everyday nomadic fashion, an evocative natural material from our prehistory with an alluring insight into the past of early modern man. The regions where ostrich beads are discovered is listed as a scientific area of importance. Thousands of beads have been found in Egyptian dynastic tombs and reside in Museums of the world.
As the ostrich egg shells lend themselves so well to the production of beads and with a thickness of 2mm they are easily transformed with a simple, however, delicate hole created by an acute skill and specialised handcrafted tools for this specific task.
Finally to round the bead into shape, the technique of rounding the bead shell into the desired shape is a most interesting one, in Neolithic sites we also find stone pebbles with bead sized grooves worn into them, sometimes one groove on some stones several grooves can be found. Much later versions of the bead makers stones were manufactured in earthenware, rough pottery forms, thick flattened disc’s with many grooves which as the stone pebbles would ware down with use.
Ostrich eggshell beads are prehistorically fashioned from ostrich eggshell by Neolithic man. Renowned African workmanship dating back to the Neolithic era some 12,000 to 2,000 years. Ostrich eggshell bead necklaces are also known in Egyptian tombs as a sacred sentiment for love ones.
You will receive an ancient bead with certificate of authenticity.
Type: Neolithic Ostrich eggshell beads.
Age: Neolithic era, Capsian Tradition, approximately between 12,000 to 2,000 years.
Origin: Western Sahara desert, Morocco, North Africa.
Average diameter: 6 mm
Approximate weight: 0.5 g