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A tool used in crayon manner and mezzotint printmaking consisting of an irregularly spiked, rounded knob at the end of a handle of wood or metal. In crayon manner it is used to create lines and areas on the plate which will print in a grainy manner; in mezzotint it is worked over areas where a richer burr is required than could normally be provided by the rocker. Also known as a matter or mace-head.

Subjects: Art.

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