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A stone formed from igneous rocks, with a high magnesium content, which feels smooth and slightly greasy. It carves easily and was frequently used for figures and decorative objects in China and the Far East. Soapstone was also used as an ingredient in soft-paste porcelain by some factories, such as Worcester, some Liverpool factories, Caughley, and Swansea, to provide a strong translucent body that withstands hot water.

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