"Talcose stone was used primarily to make beads, seals and tokens, but also for inlay pieces, small figurines and sculptures. In contrast to faience, massive talc was not commonly used to produce either small vessels or bangles.
Articles about steatite objects from the ancient Indus Valley people.
"There was a frequent use of new, artificial materials during the Indus Integration Era, or Mature Harappan period (ca. 2600-1900 B.C.E.)," writes Heather Miller. "Looking more broadly, this seems a characteristic not only of the Indus, but of many of the Western Asian civilizations of the third and second millennia."
This paper represents as introduction to the work of a contemporary soapstone-cutter living and working between Baluchistan and Sindh.
The various types of materials present at this site reveal a complex network of trade and exchange that spread throughout the Indus Valley.