Relief - Notable Reliefs

Notable Reliefs

Notable examples of monumental reliefs include:

  • Ancient Egypt: Most Egyptian temples, e.g. the Temple of Karnak
  • Assyria: A famous collection is in the British Museum, Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III
  • Ancient Persia: Persepolis, and rock-face reliefs at Naqsh-e Rustam and Naqsh-e Rajab
  • Ancient Greece: The Parthenon Marbles, Bassae Frieze, Great Altar of Pergamon, Ludovisi Throne
  • Mesopotamia: Ishtar Gate of Babylon
  • Ancient Rome: Ara Pacis, Trajan's Column, Column of Marcus Aurelius, triumphal arches, Portonaccio sarcophagus
  • Medieval Europe: Many cathedrals and other churches, such as Chartres Cathedral and Bourges Cathedral
  • India: Sanchi, base of the Lion Capital of Asoka, the rock-cut Elephanta Caves and Ellora Caves, Khajuraho temples, Mahabalipuram with the Descent of the Ganges, and many South Indian temples,Unakoti group of sculptures(bas relief) at Kailashahar, Unakoti District, Tripura, India
  • South-East Asia: Borobodur in Java, Angkor Wat in Cambodia,
  • Glyphs, Mayan stelae and other reliefs of the Maya and Aztec civilizations
  • United States: Stone Mountain, Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, Boston, Mount Rushmore National Memorial,
  • UK: Base panels of Nelson's Column, Frieze of Parnassus

Smaller-scale reliefs:

  • Ivory: Nimrud ivories from much of the Near East, Late Antique Consular diptychs, the Byzantine Harbaville Triptych and Veroli Casket, the Anglo-Saxon Franks Casket, Cloisters Cross.
  • Silver: Warren Cup, Gundestrup cauldron, Mildenhall Treasure, Berthouville Treasure, Missorium of Theodosius I, Lomellini Ewer and Basin.
  • Gold: Berlin Gold Hat, Bimaran casket, Panagyurishte Treasure
  • Glass: Portland Vase, Lycurgus Cup

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