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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)


  • He had iron-pumper's arms, each muscle defined in bas relief and roped with veins.

    Blood Test

  • For the Polish communists, almost the first order of business was to rebuild the historic center of Warsaw, the cultural showcase of the capital, with its fine old pastel buildings, the imposing Roman-style national theater with tall colonnades and bas relief ornament, and the university with its gardened and gated campus.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World


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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