relief sculpture in which the figures project slightly from the background.
- Also called low relief .
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How to use bas-relief in a sentence
The sarcophagus of Junius Bassus exhibits a bas relief of Job comforted by his friends.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
In the accompanying engraving, from a mutilated bas-relief in the Lateran Museum, this scene is exhibited.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
The pedestal of this clock represented in bas-relief the birth of astronomy on the Egyptian plains.Urania | Camille Flammarion
The principal bas-relief is a huge square panel, graven on the face of a rock bastion which immediately overhangs the stream.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
Here a sort of panel, cut square, and covered with round embossments in various positions, simulated a vague bas-relief.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for bas-relief
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
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Cultural definitions for bas-relief
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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