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high relief

noun, Sculpture.
1.
sculptured relief in which volumes are strongly projected from the background.
Origin of high relief
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80
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  • There was a medallion in the centre, with a figure in high relief.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • Above are two eagles in high relief, with the thunderbolt of Jupiter in their talons.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • And these parapets are covered with sculpture in high relief.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • It was bordered on both sides by slabs carved with figures in high relief.

    Korean Buddhism Frederick Starr
  • Others appear to have been beaten or embossed into high relief in a mould.

  • Sculpture in low or high relief, chiefly in stone, bone, and clay.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • Overhead is a large pediment, with its panel sculptured in high relief.

  • This is a Chinese marble, but you see it has a Persian scroll in high relief.

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    Julian Street
  • It forms a high relief with a shallow depression on each side of it.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
British Dictionary definitions for high relief

high relief

noun
1.
relief in which forms and figures stand out from the background to half or more than half of their natural depth Also called alto-relievo
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