Bezoar stone holder: European craftsmanship, circa 1680, decorated with pierced ...">
Bezoar stone holder: European craftsmanship, circa 1680, decorated with pierced and engraved silver scrollwork on a gilt ground, each end with a gilt flower head, the interior with a plain silver liner. Bezoars are pellets of undigested food and other matter found in the stomachs of goats, cows, horses, etc. They were sought because they were believed to have the power of a universal antidote against any poison. It was believed that a drinking glass which contained a bezoar would neutralize any poison poured into it. Word 'bezoar' originates from Persia. This 'antidote' was one of the commodities of the past.