Goa stones, named for the place where they were manufactured by Jesuits in the late seventeenth century, were manmade versions of bezoars (gallstones from ruminants). Both types were used for their medicinal and talismanic powers.
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Polyhedral sundial made for Cardinal Wolsey (bearing his arms, the arms of York Minster and two representations of a cardinal’s hat), almost certainly by Nicolaus Kratzer although the dial is unsigned.