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

All objects 151 objects


  • Fundilia

    • IN 708
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This full size potrait statue bears traces of original paint, especially on the garments where five different pigments are observed including red, yellow, violet, black and blue. The pigments appear mostly as scattere...

  • Portrait of Staia Quinta

    • IN 1435
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The portrait of a Roman woman reveals traces of original polychromy, especially in the hair where compact layers of yellow and red ochre with a few grains of Egyptian blue are observed. Small traces of red are also fo...

  • Head of a Roman woman

    • IN 761
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The results of the technical examination suggest the portrait was fully painted.
      Small traces of red, yellow ochre and Egyptian blue are found on the skin and in the hair.

  • Head of a Roman woman

    • IN 747 and IN 614
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This potrait of a Roman woman also previously called Livia or Agrippina Minor bears clear vestiges of "black irises and pupils":/objects/137/attachments/647. Only a few traces of yellow were found on the hair and a fe...

  • Sarcophagus with Dionysos and Ariadne

    • IN 843
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This Roman sarcophagus bears vestiges of antique colour. Many traces of red are found mostly on "baskets":/objects/138/attachments/652 and trees, but also on the skin:/objects/138/attachments/658 of Ariadne, the femal...

  • Head of an athlete

    • IN 455
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of a greyish, striped marble – probably from Hymettos. The back of the head has been broken off along a fault in the marble and linked with a dowel hole. The tip of the nose has been broken off.
      The ...

  • Head of the Orator, Demosthenes.

    • IN 1532
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of white marble, with a grey-brown patina. A piece of the nose has been broken off and is missing. The crown and the rear-most section of the head have been hewn.

      In his catalogue from 1951 Frederi...

  • Sarcophagus chest; shipping.

    • IN 1299
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • Well preserved sarcophagus chest with a relief representing "shipping":/objects/40/attachments/74. "Crossed shields":/objects/40/attachments/77 on top of crossed spears and a "double axe":/objects/40/attachments/81 de...