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A bezoar is a mass formed in the digestive tract from indigestible material that has been swallowed. It is found mostly in ruminants (and more rarely in other animals, including monkeys and humans), and is formed by the gradual accumulation and compression of undigested food residues or materials ingested with food. The word bezoar comes from the Persian "pád zahr", meaning antidote. Various Eastern civilizations used bezoars to neutralize poisons: people often put them in drinks, or wore them around their necks as amulets.

The 19th century bezoar is housed in a gilded leather case at Nelahozeves Castle and will be on display for viewing on Saturday, September 17, 2022 during the all-day Vintage Festival.