What do you call the sculpted part of a statue or any sculpted object? I am wondering if there's a word for the sculpted part of an object. The unsculpted part being flat, and the sculpted part having many intricate bulges.
As Jason Bassford wrote, we think of the whole statue as being "sculpted". The only exception is if there's a block of original rock that literally has not been touched by the sculptor.
For what you describe, flat areas vs. non-flat areas, there are a few terms I can think of:
- Fine definition/work vs. coarse definition/work
- Detail vs. fill
- Complex shapes vs. simple shapes
- Shaped vs. smooth
That said, it may well be that sculptors have technical terms for this distinction.