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This painting by Adriaen van Ostade shows a mahlstick 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 mahlstick, or maulstick, is a stick with a soft leather or padded head used by painters to support the hand holding the paintbrush. The word derives from the Dutch maalstok '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.