A relief carving is a figure carving which is not separated from the surface
Low Reliefs are carvings which are relatively flush on their background.
Low reliefs do not generally have features (like heads,arms, feet, etc.) that jut out
from the background. The picture at left is an example of low relief as is
the Stele of Hammurabi .
High Reliefs are carvings with elements that jut out dramatically from
background. Heads, arms, and legs are often 3/4 or completely
separated from the background.