Welcome to the Tracking Colour objects database. It contains information on ancient artworks from the collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek examined for their original polychromy.

All objects 168 objects


  • Cinerary Urn

    • HIN 60
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • On this "Etruscan":/objects/113/attachments/304 urn extensive traces of original polychromy is visible to the naked eye. It was found that a fairly wide "palette":/objects/113/attachments/321 of pigments was used espe...

  • Acroterium

    • IN 471
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The acroterium is made of limestone and is intact.
      It has been examined with Visible Induced Luminescence with positive results. "Luminescend pigments":/objects/47/attachments/284 can be seen on the decoration of the...

  • Side wall of naiskos

    • IN 2807
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The naiskos is made of white marble with a crust of calcite. The upper and lower edges are broken.
      The naiskos has been examined with "Visible Induced Luminescence":/objects/105/attachments/293 which revealed the use...

  • 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...