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altarpiece

[awl-ter-pees] /ˈɔl tərˌpis/
noun
1.
a painted or carved screen behind or above the altar or communion table in Christian churches; reredos.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; altar + piece
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  • Everything is of a piece, from candlesticks to sanctuary lamps to gold-embroidered altarpiece.
  • Gaddi unified space across this altarpiece's three panels with a single textile floor cover.
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altarpiece

/ˈɔːltəˌpiːs/
noun
1.
a work of art set above and behind an altar; a reredos
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