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A block of talc
An Egyptian ornament made out of steatite.

Steatite or soapstone is a metamorphic rock. It has a large amount of the mineral talc.

Steatite is softer than most stones. Because steatite feels like soap, people call it "soapstone". People have been making things out of soapstone for thousands of years.

Steatite has been a major component of ceramics used as electrical component insulators for many years. It is easily formed or carved into shapes.

During the Harappan/Indus Civilization (2500 BC-1750 BC) Steatite was mainly used in the manufacture of seals. These people used to import Steatite from Shaher-i-sokhta and Kirthar hills.