A hard, coarse-grained igneous rock largely consisting of mica, and quartz. It has been used for sculpture, monuments, and architecture by several civilization. The name granite is sometimes used loosely to include related igneous rocks such as granodiorite.Examples of works in granite:Russia, Lake Onega, Carved Petroglyph (fragment), 4th-3rd millenium BCE, granite, 240 x 308 cm, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. See petroglyph and Stone Age. Egypt, Country of Origin Western Thebes, Seated Statue of Hatshepsut, c. 1503-1482 BCE, Dynasty 18, reign of Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III, New Kingdom, red granite, height 65 3/4 inches (167 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.Also see statue.

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