bas relief

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From French bas relief, from Italian bassorilievo, compound of basso (low) + rilievo (relief), from Latin relevare (to raise up, make light).

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bas relief (plural bas reliefs)

  1. (sculpture) A low or mostly-flat sculpture which is carved into a wall, or is in the form of a tile mounted flat to a wall, rather than a fully three-dimensional, free-standing figure.

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Detail from the Elgin Marbles in high relief

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bas relief (not comparable)

  1. Refers to any aspect of sculpture which is flat or in the bas relief style.

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