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(graphic arts)



a wooden stick used by painters as a rest for the right arm while working on the detail work of a painting. It is usually 0.5–1.0 m long and consists of two or three parts. The maulstick ends in a small ball, which the artist presses against the canvas. The base of the rod is held in the left hand.

mahlstick, maulstick

A stick used by painters as a rest for the hand while painting.
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In Thomas with Measuring Stick, 1984, the isocephaly of varied men, measured under the nose by a maulstick or limbo bar, finds an enforced uniformity for the doubting measurer.