shadow box

noun
a shallow, rectangular frame fronted with a glass panel, used to show and at the same time protect items on display, as paintings, coins, or jewelry.
Also called shadow box frame.


Origin:
1905–10

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Example sentences
The right shadow box shall have affixed over the velvet background, a bronze inscription plate.
Many of the pieces are sculptural and are presented in deep shadow box frames.
Review guidelines for each item are located in the chart following each shadow box.
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