Cameo Relief. Raised relief, particularly a small relief handcut with background cutaway. Dies engravied by hand are often cut in cameo relief in contrast to negative carving of intaglio, because the image is constantly in positive relief before the engraver and it does not have to be proved to check the state of the work. See relief, cameo die.
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