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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "A Very Rare and large Bezoar stone , probably from an Elephant"
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17 th – 18 th Century
Size : 21.5 cm high ( overall ) , 13 cm dia. - 8½ ins high ( overall ) , 5 ins dia.
Rudolf borrowed bezoars from his kunstkammer and wore them in the hope of curing his chronic melancholy . He had a cup made of one mounted in enamel and gold for it was believed that whoever drank from such a cup could be certain that any poison in the draft would be rendered harmless . In 16 th century Europe bezoars fetched up to ten times their weight in gold such was the belief in their magical powers and beneficial properties .
|Height||21.50 cm||(8.46 inches)|
|Width||13.00 cm||(5.12 inches)|