Welcome to the Tracking Colour objects database. It contains information on sculptures known to have traces of ancient polychromy.

All objects 149 objects


  • Antefix with silen head

    • HIN 69
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The polychromy on the antefix is rather well-preserved. The colour palette is limited to calcite, red ochre, carbon black and Egyptian blue. Mineral clays constitute an essential part of the entire stratigraphy sugges...

  • Antefix with silenus head

    • HIN 55
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • On this fine example of a early Classical, Etruscan antefix the well-preserved paint adds to the striking appearance. The investigation carried out on the polychromy gives a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and va...

  • Relief with portrait bust of woman/ ”The Beauty of Palmyra”

    • IN 2795
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • On this "grave relief":/objects/36/attachments/51 of a woman from Palmyra in Central Syria well-preserved paint adds to the striking appearance and is visible to the naked eye. She goes by the name ”The Beauty of Palm...

  • Statuette of a woman

    • IN 2745
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The statuette is made of limestone. Intact except for some minor damages to the nose.
      Traces of red paint can be seen with the naked eye as vertical lines on the dress.

  • Cinerary urn

    • IN 862
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The urn is made of white marble. Only the front is ancient, the rest is restored.
      Traces of red paint are visible to the naked eye in the "inscription":/objects/62/attachments/275.

  • Votive Banquet relief

    • IN 1594
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief is made of white, fine-grained marble. The surface is worn, and the man’s right hand and woman’s face, arms and feet are damaged.
      The relief has been examined with Visible Induces Luminescence but showed ...

  • Sphinx’s head

    • IN 2823
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The surface of the limestone is very weathered, almost without patina. The head is parts of the face and meniskos.
      On the neck a painted pattern in red and black can be seen with the naked eye and with raking light. ...

  • Sarcophagus with Cupids and shield

    • IN 2626
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The sarcophagus is made of white marble. The surface is damaged and minor parts are missing and a few completely destroyed.
      Traces of black and red contours around the feathers of the cupids wings are still visible ...