A rather wonderful 19th century Bezoar housed in a thick glass domed lens, with turned ebonised base. A elderly hand written museum label is still visible.
A Bezoar is a hard stone gradually formed from an indigestible object which has become trapped inn the gastrointestinal
Bezoars had value because they were believed to have the power of a universal antidote against any poison. Tradition held that a drinking glass which contained a bezoar would neutralize any poison poured into it. The word "bezoar" comes from the Persian pād-zahr , which literally means "antidote." Used by the noble and wealthy from the 18th century
8.5cm in diameter
6cm in height