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Regardant.  A portrait looking back over the subject's shoulder. The term comes from heraldry, where it most often describes animals viewed from the side with head twisted looking towards their tail. However, one of the most famous portraits of Columbus is a regardant pose looking back over his cape. Whether the full face is seen depends upon the angle of the viewers perspective.  See heraldry.

Register.  The use of multiple ground lines and multiple figures and/or scenes of events

in continuous strips. Register is a medallic form of narrative relief, sometimes

called continuous relief. A register in medallic form extends from one scene into another

and occasionally crossing over a ground line or two. The sequence in a register is often in

chronological order; it presents a wealth of detail with a maximum of clarity. The

technique of narrative relief is quite old, widely employed in both Egyptian and Roman

art. The sequence of events and figures is usually in chronological order; as an art

technique it presents a wealth of detail with a maximum of clarity.  Egyptian sunken

relief is often in narrative form, however the most famous narrative relief in continuous

form is the Trajan's Column with a 625 foot band (4-foot wide) winding up a 125-foot


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An Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Technology

For Artists, Makers, Collectors and Curators


Roger W. Burdette, Editor

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