bas relief

Bas relief is an artistic technique that involves lightly carving a design into a surface. Most coins have images stamped on them in bas relief.

In general, relief makes an artwork look like the picture is raised up from a flat background. There are two types of relief, high and low — or bas — relief. Bas relief is distinguished by the relative shallowness of the image, and you can see it in a lot of ancient Egyptian art. The French bas-relief is borrowed from the Italian basso-rilievo, "low relief" or "raised work."

Definitions of bas relief
  1. noun
    a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut
    synonyms: basso relievo, basso rilievo, low relief
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    alto relievo, alto rilievo, high relief
    a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth
    type of:
    embossment, relief, relievo, rilievo, sculptural relief
    sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
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