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


  • 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."
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  • 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...