in·ta·glio (ĭn-tălyō, -täl-)
n. pl. inta·glios
a. A figure or design carved into or beneath the surface of hard metal or stone.
b. The art or process of carving a design in this manner.
2. A gemstone carved in intaglio.
3. Printing done with a plate bearing an image in intaglio.
4. A die incised so as to produce a design in relief.
[Italian, from intagliare, to engrave : in-, in (from Latin; see IN-2) + tagliare, to cut (from Vulgar Latin *talliāre, from Late Latin tāliāre; see TAILOR).]
(click for a larger image)intaglio
1st-century ad carved aquamarine portrait of Julia, daughter of Emperor Titus, by Evodos, set in a gemstone, pearl, and gold frame
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