"The horse moves very slow - he hangs his head, / He's traveled long till he's quite wearied. / The rider, thinking to relieve his nag, / On his own shoulders puts a heavy bad. / Short-sighted reasoner, who thinks, of course, / That such a change must greatly help the horse."—Barber, 1857

A Change, but No Relief

"The horse moves very slow - he hangs his head, / He's traveled long till he's quite wearied. / The…

The chair of St. Peter was made out of wood with ivory reliefs illustrating the story of Hercules in Rome.

Chair of St. Peter Arm-Chair

The chair of St. Peter was made out of wood with ivory reliefs illustrating the story of Hercules in…

King David's Arm-chair was designed in the 13th century. The Arm-chair was made from a relief portal of a cathedral in Auxerre, France.

King David's Arm-Chair

King David's Arm-chair was designed in the 13th century. The Arm-chair was made from a relief portal…

An ancient Assyrian wall relief, depicting two hunters on a chariot.

Assyrian Chariot Wall Relief

An ancient Assyrian wall relief, depicting two hunters on a chariot.

An ancient Assyrian wall relief, showing four hunters.

Assyrian Wall Relief

An ancient Assyrian wall relief, showing four hunters.

"Bas-relief from the Parthenon Frieze."—D'Anvers, 1895

Bas-relief

"Bas-relief from the Parthenon Frieze."—D'Anvers, 1895

"Bas-relief of group of buildings at Kuyunjik. (After Layard.)" — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Bas-relief

"Bas-relief of group of buildings at Kuyunjik. (After Layard.)" — The Encyclopedia Britannica,…

"Persian bas-relief, from Pesepolis." —D'Anvers, 1895

Persian bas-relief

"Persian bas-relief, from Pesepolis." —D'Anvers, 1895

Illustration of a portion of the sculpted wall mural at the Basilica of St. Denis in Paris. The sculpture is of the Battle of Marignano in which the Old Swiss Confederacy fought the French in Italy. The detail shows French knights on horseback (left) trampling over soldiers of the Old Swiss Confederacy, while more Swiss forces (right) attempt to to hold them back with long pikes. French canons can be seen in the distant background.

The Battle of Marignano, Detail from a Sculpted Wall Mural at the Basilica of St. Denis

Illustration of a portion of the sculpted wall mural at the Basilica of St. Denis in Paris. The sculpture…

An ancient Assyrian wall relief, depicting the symbol of a winged bull with the head of a human male.

Winged Bull

An ancient Assyrian wall relief, depicting the symbol of a winged bull with the head of a human male.

The Trajan's column is a monument in honor of Emperor Trajan located in Rome, Italy. The column is a continuous bas-relief design (raised art) that winds up around the capital from the base to the top of the capital. The relief designs depict Emperor Trajan's two victorious wars against the Dacian's.

Trajan's Column

The Trajan's column is a monument in honor of Emperor Trajan located in Rome, Italy. The column is a…

"Hittite Relief" — Morey, 1903

Hittite Relief

"Hittite Relief" — Morey, 1903

"Female head in high relief, Nineveh collection." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Ivory Carving

"Female head in high relief, Nineveh collection." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

"Sphinx in high relief, Ninveh collection." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

Ivory Carving

"Sphinx in high relief, Ninveh collection." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1893

A wall relief of the ancient Assyrian lion. These sculptures were placed in doorways as protective entities.

Assyrian Lion

A wall relief of the ancient Assyrian lion. These sculptures were placed in doorways as protective entities.

The Egyptian Lion is a relief with sunken outlines.

Egyptian Lion

The Egyptian Lion is a relief with sunken outlines.

The Renaissance Ornament is a relief on the tomb of Hieronimo Basso, St. Maria del Popolo, Rome, by Sansovino.

Renaissance Ornament

The Renaissance Ornament is a relief on the tomb of Hieronimo Basso, St. Maria del Popolo, Rome, by…

This Roman Ornament design comes from a "Florentine Pilaster". It is a richly decorated marble relief that comes from Uffizi, Florence.

Roman Ornament

This Roman Ornament design comes from a "Florentine Pilaster". It is a richly decorated marble relief…

This grand piano is designed with inlaid ebony and ornamented in gold relief scrolls.

Grand Piano

This grand piano is designed with inlaid ebony and ornamented in gold relief scrolls.

"Relief. Over the door of "The Public Scales," Nuremberg. By Adam Kraft." —D'Anvers, 1895

Relief

"Relief. Over the door of "The Public Scales," Nuremberg. By Adam Kraft." —D'Anvers, 1895

"The earliest Etruscan works of sculpture which have come down to us are the stone reliefs of tombstones, in which the figures are treated in the realistic manner characteristic of Assyrian art." —D'Anvers, 1895

Etruscan relief

"The earliest Etruscan works of sculpture which have come down to us are the stone reliefs of tombstones,…

Fragment of a Greek relief.

Fragment of a Greek Relief

Fragment of a Greek relief.

This Half-Figure Relief is a design where the upper half is a human figure and the lower half is a scrolled foliage design. It was designed during the Italian Renaissance.

Half-Figure Relief

This Half-Figure Relief is a design where the upper half is a human figure and the lower half is a scrolled…

This Lectern Relief is details shown from a cathedral in Limoges, France.

Lectern Relief

This Lectern Relief is details shown from a cathedral in Limoges, France.

This Lectern Relief is details shown from a cathedral in Limoges, France.

Lectern Relief

This Lectern Relief is details shown from a cathedral in Limoges, France.

This Lectern Relief is details shown from a cathedral in Limoges, France.

Lectern Relief

This Lectern Relief is details shown from a cathedral in Limoges, France.

"Silver Repousse Reliefs from the Pistoia Retable." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1903

Silver Repousse

"Silver Repousse Reliefs from the Pistoia Retable." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1903

"The relief pictures an ancient Italian sacrifice of a bull, a ram, and a boar, offered to Mars to secure purification from sin. Note the sacred laurel trees, the two altars, and the officiating magistrate, whose head is covered with the toga. He is sprinkling incense from a box held by an attendant. Another attendant carries a ewer with the libation. In the rear is the sacrificer with his ax."—Webster, 1913

Suovetaurilia

"The relief pictures an ancient Italian sacrifice of a bull, a ram, and a boar, offered to Mars to secure…

"The column was originally surmounted by a colossal statue of Trajan (replaced in the seventh century by one of St. Peter), and contains no less than 2500 human figures and a great number of horses." —D'Anvers, 1895

Relief of Trajan Column

"The column was originally surmounted by a colossal statue of Trajan (replaced in the seventh century…

This Grey clay urn has ornamentation in its relief. Typically used in funeral rites as a repository for the ashes of the dead.

Grey Clay Urn

This Grey clay urn has ornamentation in its relief. Typically used in funeral rites as a repository…

The Scroll ornament vine is a Roman relief design.

Scroll Ornament Vine

The Scroll ornament vine is a Roman relief design.