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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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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 basrelief

bas-relief

n.

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

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basrelief 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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