A dummy or jointed manikin of a human body used by artists, especially for arranging drapery on.‘Articulated wooden lay figures of the kinds sold by artists' suppliers were used for the bodies.’
mannequin, manikin, lifelike model, figure, lay figure
- ‘The monastic painter of course could not do otherwise, unless he used a lay figure (an articulated model).’
- ‘A number of examples survive from the eighteenth century, including the articulated lay figure used by the sculptor Louis-François Roubiliac, which is in the Museum of London collections.’
- ‘They are lay figures mounted in the museum where all may take them in at a glance.’
Late 18th century from obsolete layman, from Dutch leeman, from obsolete led, earlier form of lid ‘joint’.
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