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bas-relief

[bah-ri-leef, bas-; bah-ri-leef, bas-] /ˌbɑ rɪˈlif, ˌbæs-; ˈbɑ rɪˌlif, ˈbæs-/
noun
1.
relief sculpture in which the figures project slightly from the background.
Also called low relief.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < French, on the model of Italian bassorilievo. Cf. basso-relievo, base2, relief
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Examples for bas relief
  • The stone featured a sunken shield in which the inscription appeared in bas relief.
  • The tree has been depicted in bas relief, on monuments, and on coins.
  • Elements are often large and outstanding with the entire rock surface decorated, occasionally carved in bas relief.
British Dictionary definitions for bas relief

bas-relief

/ˌbɑːrɪˈliːf; ˌbæs-; ˈbɑːrɪˌliːf; ˈbæs-/
noun
1.
sculpture in low relief, in which the forms project slightly from the background but no part is completely detached from it Also called (Italian) basso rilievo
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian basso rilievo low relief; see base², relief
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Word Origin and History for bas relief

bas-relief

n.

1660s, from French bas-relief, a loan-translation of Italian basso-rilievo "low relief, raised work."

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bas relief in Culture
bas-relief [(bah ruh-leef)]

A kind of carving or sculpture in which the figures are raised a few inches from a flat background to give a three-dimensional effect. The term is French for “low relief.”

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