Bezoar stone, probably from an elephant (1600 to 1800). Th...">
A very rare and large Bezoar stone, probably from an elephant (1600 to 1800). The word ‘Bezoar’ comes from the Persian bad-sahr meaning ‘poison antidote’, and in the 16th century they were believed to be panaceas for numerous ills. A ‘must have’ for any renaissance or enlightenment kunstkammer, a bezoar stone is formed from accretions in the stomachs of ruminants that have become ossified. This example is so large that it is probably from an elephant.