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1A work in high relief; a sculpture, carving, moulding, etc., in which the shapes project from the plane surface to at least half their actual depth in the round.
2As a mass noun: such sculpture, carving, etc.; = alto-relievo. Frequently in in alto relief.
Mid 18th century. Alteration of alto-relievo, after relief, bas-relief.
alto relief/ˌaltəʊ rɪˈliːf/
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