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Intarsia
(from the Italian 'lavoro di intarsia')

Inlay work, primarily in wood and sometimes in mother-of-pearl, ivory, bone, marble, etc. This may result in either pattern or picture. To construct intarsia, outline drawings are used as templates for cutting many pieces of thin material. The cut pieces are glued onto a sturdy support. In a wooden intarsia, many types of wood provide the different colours used. Sometimes stains, bleaches, or heat were applied to the wood to provide a wider range of tints, tones, and shades.

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