intaglio

intaglio

[in-tal-yoh, -tahl-; It. een-tah-lyaw]
intaglio, design cut into stone or other material or etched or engraved in a metal plate, producing a concave, instead of a convex, effect. It is the reverse of a relief or cameo. The term also designates a gem so cut. Seals and signet rings usually bear intaglio designs, so that when stamped upon wax or other plastic substance the impression is in relief. See engraving; etching; printing.
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It is also an Italian word that means the activity of carving (mainly) wood for decorative purposes (for example, in furniture).

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