Maulstick

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This painting by Adriaen van Ostade shows a maulstick in use in the artist's studio
Georg Friedrich Kersting's studio portrait of Caspar David Friedrich (1819) shows the painter holding a maulstick.

A maulstick, or mahlstick, is a stick with a soft leather or padded head, used by painters to support the hand that holds the brush. The word is an adaptation of the Dutch maalstok, i.e. the "painter's stick", from malen, "to paint".

In 16th- through 19th-century paintings of artists, including self-portraits, the maulstick is often depicted as part of the painter's equipment.

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