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HumanitiesWeb.org - Glossary definition: Inlay Inlay
Making an image by setting thin pieces of a material precisely into a depressed ground. Examples of materials typically inlaid are wood, metal, stone, shell, glass, ivory and tile.

Inlays and shrine elements, Dynasty 30-Ptolemaic Period, ca. 380-30 b.c.
H. (each drum) 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
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Inlay- To set pieces of a material or materials into a surface to form a design. Also material used in decoration formed by this technique.

In woodworking, a technique in which small pieces of wood, often with varying grains and colours, are glued together to make a pattern.

inlay - Making an image by setting thin pieces of a material precisely into a depressed ground. Examples of materials typically inlaid are wood, metal, stone, shell, glass, ivory and tile. Also, a piece of work made this way.

To cover, ~ or decorate with an opaque glass-like composite that is fused to an object.
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Cloisonné ~
A type of decoration made, in the manner of cloisonné enamelware, ...

marquetry - ~ or veneers of wood form a pictorial image; as related to parquetry which forms geometric designs.

impasto In painting, the thick application of paint; in ceramics, the application of enamel or slip to a ceramic object to form a decoration in low relief. ~ing The decoration of an object with fine materials set into its surface. Back to Top
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The technique of ~ing gold and silver, as distinct from that of gold-leaf application, was developed in the Warring States period (475-221BC).

A type of coloured decorative ~ work of stone and glass that flourished mainly in Rome between c. 1100 and 1300. It is characterized by the use of small pieces of coloured stone and glass in combination with strips of white marble to produce geometrical designs.

Andersonville by MacK~ Kantor (1956)
A Death in the Family by James Agee (1958)
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor (1959)
Advise and Consent by Allen Drury (1960)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1961)
The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor (1962) ...

Note: Mosaic differs from ~ in that its component tesserae are applied to a recess just below the surface to be decorated. Each piece of mosaic is small and it is only when the piece forms part of an overall design that it acquires decorative significance.
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There he began to use the hides for ~ work on snuff and pillboxes, sword hilts, and scientific instruments. Tanned, dyed, filed and treated, shagreen became a very sophisticated material to work with. It's unusual texture and extreme durability made it unique.

Marquetry. Technique consisting of the ~ of ornamental woods, metals, ivory and other decorative materials, arranged to form designs and patterns.
Matronèo. Internal loggia or gallery, usually above the side naves of early Christian or Romanesque churches, reserved for women.

damascening The intricate technique of ~ing gold and silver into an iron or darkly oxidized steel background, most notably in Spanish-made weapons. Known as "shippou-zogan" in Japan, a similar process to champlevé.

The term Cloisonnism was coined by the critic Edouard Dujardin and refers to the jewellery technique of ~ing metal surfaces with 'cloisonné' enamel colors (the word 'cloison' in French means a 'border').

Marquetry is a method of cutting thin sheets of different colored woods (veneers) and cutting shapes from them to ~ a design on a wooden surface, such as a table, cabinet, or box. This technique is widely found on luxury furnishings, from China, to Europe, and the Middle East.

Rendered in nearly every media known to Muslim artisans, Arabesque ornamentation has been created with ceramic tiles, mirrors, brickwork, metalwork, stucco, stonework, mosaic and marble ~s.

They are clasped together by their nature, holding each other to every other in its natural embrace. We see a surface which has the absolute embedded flatness of ~, of tarsia. And in an instant we recognize its shapes as emblems which carry in their stillness the force of the real world." ...

The stained glass window and niello pavement ~s in the Washington Annunciation exactly preserve what must have struck him as their primitive crudeness. It is typical of Van Eyck that this should have been so.

Slurry faience paste that is thinned with water and used to join separately made faience components prior to firing or to create ~s or surface decoration. Softground Etching A piece of paper is placed over a special soft etching ground. The design is drawn with a pencil on the paper.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Painting, Renaissance, Sculpture, Movement, Bronze?

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