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


  • Tomb lekythos

    • IN 466
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The lekythos is made of white marble. The neck has been broken and later restored and the foot is of new marble. Depicted on the relief on the belly of the lekythos is a scene with four figures. Shown on the far right...

  • Statue of running Niobid

    • IN 520
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The statue is made of Parian lychnites marble. The nose, right hand and part of the overfold are missing, as is the front part of the left foot, two toes on the right foot, and several small parts of the drapery folds...

  • Portrait of Roman woman

    • IN 763
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The bust is made of white marble. The nose and upper lip are damaged, and there are scratches on the veil.
      Frederik Poulsen noted in his catalogue from 1951, that the eyes had traces of original paint (Poulsen, 1951)...

  • Portrait head of Tiberius

    • IN 1750
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This report presents the work on a Roman marble portrait of the emperor Tiberius dated to the 1st century CE. Red is predominant the polychromy of the portrait and is visible to the naked eye on the hair and in areas ...

  • Finial of Attic grave stele

    • IN 1409
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The stele is made of white marble probably Pentelic.
      The stele has been examined with Visible Indiced Luminescence. Traces of Egyptian Blue was documented on the acanthus leaves and the volutes, and some on the "back...

  • Tomb Lekythos

    • IN 2564
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The lekythos is made of white, fine grained marble. The neck is missing, and the foot is new in plaster.
      Traces of the original painted decorations on the neck are still visible to the naked eye. On the painted areas...

  • Grave relief.

    • IN 2558
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief is made of white, probably Pentelic marble. The lower right hand corner and the two side acroteria with the corners of the pediment are missing, along with the right arm of the woman and part of the right a...

  • Head of woman

    • ÆIN 360
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of limestone. The nose is missing and the surface is weathered. Traces of red colour can be seen with the naked eye on the head-dress.