Cast iron

A silver-white metal that goes a familiar dark red-brown on oxidization (rust). It has been used for the manufacture of sculptural tools such as chisels, drills, files, and hammers, and forged into various ornamental forms and hollow cast as sculpture. Cast-iron sculpture is particularly associated with ancient China, but was also popular in the 19th century in Britain, France, and Germany.
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