2nd half of the 19th Ccalcified ball of hair that forms in the stomach of ruminants
By scraping the surface a powder was obtained which had a power against poisons.
Photo by: Claus_89
OCast bezuhar, Pers pá zahar (antidote against poison), Eng mustika bezoar pearls. This is a semi-precious stone consisting of gallstones found in the digestive system of animals, including wild goats, deer and camels and plants or fossilized parts of animals or plants. For its magical powers and qualities of healing the body, mind and soul, Villena recommends that it be worn in rings on the right hand, on the ring finger or baby finger while serving food or eating as protection against poison and infected air. Waving it over the food and dipping it into a drink were thought to counteract lurking poison. Avenzoar recommended wearing the ring to scare away poisonous snakes. If a person was poisoned he recommended drinking four grains of ground bezoar in lukewarm water, which annulled the effect of poison. Today a bezoar stone can be worth $20,000. See manos, comer con. [ES: Luzamore. Nov 2, 07; ES: “Precious.” Posted by li Rous. Nov 29, 07; Ibn Zuhr/García Sánchez. 1992:151; and Villena/Calero. 2002:16:11a]