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

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  • Head of a man

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    • IN 2584
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of limestone. The tip of nose and part of chin is missing. Damage around the left ear, which has almost disappeared.
      Red paint can still be seen with the naked eye as irises in both eyes.

  • Grave relief

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    • IN 1515
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief is made of Pentelic marble; white, fine grained marble with a very strong red patina. Overall the relief seems unfinished, and the background has criss-cross traces of tooth chisel.
      The relief has been exa...

  • Head of a man

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    • IN 419
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of limestone, and is intact except from small cuts in the surface. Traces of red paint can be observed in the hair and on the wreath with the naked eye.
      Frederik Poulsen (Poulsen, 1951) noted traces...

  • Caligula

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    • IN 2687
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • On the portait of the Roman emperor Caligula well-preserved paint enhances the striking appearance. Mixtures of different pigments have been used to achieve refined tonal and realistic effects using carbon-based black...

  • Grave relief

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    • IN 2615
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief is made of Pentelic white marble with grey stripes and yellow patina. The acroteria and the lower right hand corner are broken off. Other breaks have been mended in plaster.
      The relief has been examined wi...

  • Woman from a Palmyrene sarcophagus

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    • IN 1150
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The woman depicted was probably a part of a large sarcophagus, now detached by the waist. The surface of the portrait is slightly weathered and fragments are missing from her coiffure and the bracelet on her left arm....

  • Palmyrene loculus relief depicting a man

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    • IN 1146
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • A man, Yedîʽbêl, is depicted on a grave relief. The background is slightly weathered and a fragment of the upper right corner is missing. The portrait itself is well-preserved, only with a slightly weathered surface. ...

  • Palmyrene loculus stele depicting a standing woman

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    • IN 1030
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The grave stele represents a standing woman, Ra'ata. Small fragments of the frame are missing from the lower part of the object. The portrait itself is slightly weathered, especially the face, and neck. The left hand,...