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The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

Ian Chilvers

A heavy, soft, silvery-coloured metal that tarnishes to bluish grey. Since ancient times it has been used for numerous practical and decorative purposes, notably in plumbing and roofing, as it is durable and easily worked. It can be hammered, carved, or filed when cold, and because of its low melting point it can be cast with much simpler facilities than those required for ... ...

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