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Details about  Antique GOA STONE Bezoar BOVINE HAIRBALL – MYSTICAL Calcified Ball of COW HAIR

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Antique GOA STONE Bezoar BOVINE HAIRBALL – MYSTICAL Calcified Ball of COW HAIR
Antique-GOA-STONE-Bezoar-BOVINE-HAIRBALL-MYSTICAL-Calcified-Ball-of-COW-HAIR
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20 Jun, 2012 14:38:44 BST
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US $798.00
Approximately £509.86(including postage)
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US $4.50 (approx. £2.88) Expedited Delivery | See details
Item location:
Fairfield, Ohio, United States

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Last updated on  13 Jun, 2012 15:39:56 BST  View all revisions

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Subject: RARE BALL Medicinal Type: MIDDLE AGES TO QUACK
Composition: CALCIFIED COW HAIR Category: ARCANA CURIOSA
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Many animals with hairy or furry coats lick themselves, and far more mammals lick other individuals in the herd, litter, pride or family unit than you may imagine. When you see your cows licking other cows, it’s time to put out a salt block because that is likely what their bodies are telling them they need. Cats lick as part of a bathing ritual, but the featherless biped is the only animal known to lick others of his or her species simply for pleasure.

Both cats and cows can develop hairballs. Cat hairballs are most often found at night with your bare feet someplace between your bed and your bathroom. Cow hairballs are only found during the slaughtering process.


This one is big and would have been highly prized during the Middle Ages for its reputed magical and/or medicinal powers. Even in 17th and 18th century Europe, these Trichobezoars, known as “Goa Stones” or “Bezoar Stones,” were so valued that incredibly elaborate Goa Stone holders were crafted of gold or silver and incrusted with precious gems. Several examples may be found in museums. These jeweled holders were used in the Islamic world as well as throughout Europe. Even the Jesuits created fine examples.

This one is a beautifully shaped squatting ball measuring approximately 4 ¼” by a little over 3 ½”. In the esoteric world of Goa Stones, that is big.

That size is almost exactly the size of an adult softball; slightly larger.

“Value?” you ask. Well . . . during the 18th Century they were far more valuable, by weight, than gold. Even today there is a “National Hairball Awareness Day,” but I think that’s from another point of view. (You probably missed it anyway. It was April 27th.)

In the next image I’m going to show you an example of an elaborate holder, and it was crafted for a hairball of almost the exact size and shape as the one I’m selling.

Now THAT’S a hairball holder!

I don’t have a fancy holder, but at least I have several, and which one I use depends on my mood combined with the very latest interior design trends. The one above is one I’ve used when I was in my modernism phase, but it’s not for sale, thankyouverymuch.

The rest of the description with more pictures continues below this memo about my three "Prime Directives:"
1st: I never, under any circumstances, use a reserve, and rarely do I ask for an opening bid of more than $9.00 (sometimes even less). Once in a great while I’ll discover an object of significant value but with certain characteristics that may limit its appeal to only the few. One example of such a characteristic might be its size. Some items may be so huge that getting them relocated is beyond reality for some folks. Another example might be the obscure nature of the item, limiting its audience to only a handful of collectors, investors or museums. In cases such as these, I may ask for an opening bid consistent with the low end of its potential.
2nd: I never end auctions early. Well, I take that back. I once busted a piece of glass while packing it. That auction, I had to end early.
3rd: I don’t clean, repair, or otherwise monkey around with anything. Normally I push enough dust aside to expose any flaws, but if I discovered it in some dusty attic, you can look forward to a little dust on it when it gets to your house. If it has a flaw or a wart, I'll tell you about it.
So rest easy and have some fun. Why not place a little tiny bid right now so's you don't forget about it later.

I also developed an interest in Machine Age / Industrial Design, and everything I had in MY room had to look as if it came from the factory floor where men and women toiled away in an environment of noise and grease.

The color is a deep rich caramel, and once you pick it up it feels so good in your hands you won’t want to put it down. AND OBVIOUSLY – It goes perfectly with any decorating scheme – everything from Pilgrim Century to Mid-Century Modern.

So the next time you find yourself yearning for the esoteric; the arcana curiosa, think of me. I have some things so obscure and so abstruse and enigmatic that only a handful of souls on the planet find themselves worthy of possessing such objets d’art. But for those few; those fortunate few, . . .

Okay . . . That last statement may have been just a little bit over the top, but you know what I mean.

NO DISAPPOINTMENTS

GOOD LUCK

My preferred method of payment is PayPal.

Buyer pays $4.50 for professional packing and insured shipping.(That is for U.S. LOWER 48 only. Elsewhere in our solar system – See eBay’s Intergalactic Shipping Calculator.) All Customs forms will state actual selling price of items shipped internationally.



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