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One of the earliest materials used in sculpture, along with wood and clay, dating back to prehistoric times. Stones vary greatly in hardness, affecting their suitability for different types of carved sculpture. Granite is particularly hard and is often used for exterior works. Portrait sculpture tends to be made of softer rocks such as limestone or marble.

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