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lay figure

an artist's jointed dummy, used in place of a live model, esp for studying effects of drapery

Lay Figure


a wooden doll with movable arms and legs used by artists for sketching clothing and various human poses.

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As the partners laugh at her request, she understands that her job as a woman has been largely that of a lay figure, and that she cannot participate in business: "For the first time in her life, she was inclined to feel ashamed of being a woman" (59).
The stuffed lay figure that was displaced by the fashion mannequin takes its final bow in Oskar Kokoschka's drawings of the life-size doll he had made in Munich in 1918 as a replacement for his ex-lover Alma Mahler.
Davenport was a supporter of lay involvement in the life of the church and while in England had cooperated with many lay figures including the Puritan peer, Viscount Saye and Sele.
The Orthodox Gathering called on the church's next patriarch to develop a framework that would allow the sect's religious and lay figures to share decision-making.
Recalling that long-ago meeting of our reading group, I recognized with dismay the same sort of behaviour when it reared its head here--snide putdowns of bishops and clergy and other lay figures (none of them present, of course) who do not share Voris' (and their) stridency of conviction and willingness to speak up.
We do not know yet if they are religious or lay figures.
But before any announcement can be made, he must test the water by speaking to leading clerical and lay figures throughout the Arch-Diocese.