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high relief

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noun Sculpture.
  1. sculptured relief in which volumes are strongly projected from the background.
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Origin of high relief

First recorded in 1875–80
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  • Among those saved from the old basilica, is the magnificent paschal candlestick, covered with sculpture in high-relief.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare

British Dictionary definitions for high relief

high relief

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