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


From French bas relief, from Italian bassorilievo, from low (shallow) + "again" + to lift (protrusion) (Wiktionary)


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  • (n): sculptural relief in which the projection from the surrounding surface is slight and no part of the modeled form is undercut

    January 21, 2008