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

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  • Head of a woman

    • IN 2830
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This female head is the first sculpture in the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek to be examined for its polychromy. The investigation revealed small areas with original paint colour on skin and hair. "Two cross...

  • Portrait of a Roman man

    • IN 1438
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The portrait bust is made of white marble. Reddish colour in "the hair":/objects/68/attachments/906 is still visible to the naked eye. Traces of red colour are also discernible in "both eyes":/objects/68/attachments/9...

  • Head of a Roman man

    • IN 3282
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • Only a few traces of pigment have survived on what seems to be a highly polished portrait. It is noteworthy that the pigments are found on the hair and on the surface where it is not polished in the area around the ea...

  • Head of a Roman woman

    • IN 759
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The portrait has excellent traces of "red colour on the hair":/objects/57/attachments/818. Only a few, small traces of red are found on the skin. Egyptian blue has been identified by means of VIL on the "garments":/ob...

  • Warrior relief

    • IN 1508
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This relief has only briefly been examined. Traces of "red, black":/objects/143/attachments/801 and blue are found. The blue traces observed on the background have been identified as Egyptian blue by means of "VIL- im...

  • Head of a young man

    • IN 451
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • On this classical head of a young man traces of red colour are visible to the naked eye in the hair and a few traces of red are found in the corner of the left eye and in the iris of the right eye. VIL- imaging was ...

  • Fragment of votive relief

    • IN 465
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This fragment of the left side and the lower corner of a relief is made of white marble. The head of the central figure is worn.
      Traces of red colour in the eye can be discerned with the naked eye. The fragment was...

  • Head of Maximus

    • IN 819
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This high-gloss, polished portrait has only briefly been examined. A few red traces are observed on the face while traces of red/orange, brown, red, black, and blue grains are observed on the hair."
      VIL- imagin":/obj...