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 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...

  • Portrait of L. Aninius Rufus

    • IN 1437
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • In spite the white appearance of this portrait, minute traces of red/orange pigments are found on the surface of the skin and hair suggesting that the portrait once was fully painted. "UV-image of the eyes":/objects/1...

  • Maximus

    • IN 826
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The technical examination of IN 826 provides new insight into the colour palette and painting techniques on polished marble portraits from Antiquity. On the portrait's polished parts scattered particles of red and ye...

  • Portrait of a Client ruler or Priest-king

    • IN 1583
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This portrait exhibits small traces of red in the face, in the hair, between the lips, along the eyelid, eye-rim and "eyelashes":/objects/24/attachments/35. The red has not yet been identified although this was attemp...

  • Female head from a grave relief.

    • IN 469
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief fragment is made of white, fine-grained marble.
      The fragment has been examined with Visible Iinduced Luminescence. Pigments were seen as evenly distributed "luminescent spots":/objects/46/attachments/247 ...

  • Female head from a grave relief

    • IN 2554
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief is made of white fine-grained marble. The tip of the nose is missing.
      A Visible Induced Luminescence examination revealed an equal distribution of "luminescent pigments":/objects/89/attachments/245 in the ...