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low relief

Sculptural relief that projects very little from the background. Also called bas-relief, basso-relievo.
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low relief

(Art Terms) another term for bas-relief
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(ˌbɑ rɪˈlif, ˌbæs-; ˈbɑ rɪˌlif, ˈbæs-)

relief sculpture in which the figures project slightly from the background. Also called low relief.
[1660–70; < French, on the model of Italian basso rilievo. See base2, relief2]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.low relief - a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the backgroundlow relief - a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut
relievo, rilievo, sculptural relief, embossment, relief - sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
alto relievo, alto rilievo, high relief - a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth
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On either side delicately moulded doors gave on to wool-lumbered rooms, whose sea-green mantelpieces were adorned with nymphs, scrolls, and Cupids in low relief.
During our guided tour, museum curator Christian Joseph Bonpua pointed to a low relief plaque, bearing the date 'Ano 1730,' on the inside wall above the main house's entrance door, an artifact in itself.
Carved in low relief, with scroll foliage, palmettes and flower-head motifs, its door with a cartouche set amid further scrollwork, the cabinet boasts 27 secret drawers once used to store medals, gems and other small precious objects.
The faces of the deceased are often etched onto their tombstones in detailed low relief, turning a graveyard into a portrait gallery, a pantheon of people who did nothing more or less heroic than live out their allotted time.
Most of these species occur at depths of 30-500 m on the continental shelf and upper continental slope off California, and associate with complex rocky seafloor habitats, such as pinnacles, rock ridges, boulders, canyon walls, and cobbles, mixed with varying amounts of low relief soft sediments (Love and Yoklavich, 2006).
The higher value of elongation ratio signifies low relief and vice versa [15].
The rocky reef substrate at this site is variable, ranging from high to low relief with boulders and cobbles.
Another paper mache workshop ('Newspaper Paste Low Relief Painting on Canvass') will be held today from 4pm to 8pm, according to the Katara website.
The south-eastern end of Caucasus island, bordering from the north, had low relief and was marked by a low elevation.
"Getting the look right in low relief was a challenge - along with accuracy and detailing."
The coins are just a currency for the people but for me, they always fascinated me, its metallic colors and low relief have always been enticing.

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