- relief sculpture in which the figures project slightly from the background.
Origin of bas-relief
Examples from the Web for bas-relief
Here and there was an Italian cabinet surmounted with Delft, and here and there a bas-relief.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
This fragment contains a bas-relief representing the execution of a martyr.Pagan and Christian Rome
They were holding hands in an attitude suggestive of a bas-relief.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
He found a bas-relief engraving of a hand pointing to a corner of the door.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
Your bas-relief has, on the scale, say the depth of the third of an inch.The Crown of Wild Olive
- sculpture in low relief, in which the forms project slightly from the background but no part is completely detached from itAlso called (Italian): basso rilievo
Word Origin and History for bas-relief
1660s, from French bas-relief, a loan-translation of Italian basso-rilievo "low relief, raised work."
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.”