This describes how deaf people have to use their hands to write in order to communicate with hearing people. This is ironic because hands can be used for sign language too.
Clay and metal
Two hands shackled and chained to piles of pencils and papers.
Cicely Boga, “De-Culturation,” RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center , accessed August 13, 2022, https://dyerartscenter.omeka.net/items/show/587.