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the decoration of an object or building (facade or interior) with designs and images made out of small pieces of marble, ceramic, metal, wood, or mother-of-pearl that are set into a surface. The color or material of an inlay distinguish it from the object that it adorns. However, there are some inlays made out of the same material as the decorated surface, such as wood on wood (intarsia), metal on metal, and stone on stone. In the ancient Orient, Greece, and Rome the eyes in statues and busts were inlaid. In principle, the incrustation of concrete panels in modern prefabricated buildings with small pieces of crushed stone is a form of inlay.