retable

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A shelf or panel of wood, stone, terra-cotta, or silver, raised above the rear of an altar to support lights, ornaments, etc. It is often richly ornamented and depicts sacred scenes in painting or bas-relief. The face of the piece is usually called the retable, the back known as the counter-retable.

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  • “retable”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 19 December 2010. Web. 12 July 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/retable/>