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 Isis (?)

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    • IN 554
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of white marble and very badly damaged: The nose, part of the diadem, as well as the lips have all been broken off; part of the lower lip added on. Visible damage also to the neck, the chin and forehe...

  • Head of a young man

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    • IN 1580
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of fine-grained, white marble with greyish stripes.
      Traces of paint in the eyes can be seen with the naked eye.

      In July, 1993 the head was thoroughly cleaned.

  • Hermes

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    • IN 430
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The herm is made of Pentelic marble. The fringe and eyelids are chipped. The point of the full beard has been broken off, as has the front of the herm. The eyes were originally inlaid: the whites in marble have surviv...

  • Head of a young man

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    • IN 596
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of white marble. The nose is missing, and the lips and eyelids are chipped. Traces of the original paint can be seen in the eyes.

      In 1962 the head was cleaned and the cast plaster nose and lips rem...

  • Head of a man

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    • IN 2538
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of limestone. The tip of the nose is missing, but the head is otherwise intact.
      Traces of red and black paint can be seen with the naked eye on the hair and wreath.

  • Tomb lekythos

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    • IN 1270
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The lekythos is made of white marble. The neck is broken and the foot is new.
      Traces of the original painted floral motifs on the shoulder and a meander below the relief are still visible to the naked eye. The origin...

  • Head of Hermes

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    • IN 445
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of Pentelic marble. The right forehead, eyebrow and cheek as well as the point of the beard are chipped. Traces of paint can be observed with the naked eye behind the fillet.

      In 2004 the head under...

  • Head of Dionysos or Hermes

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    • IN 450
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of white marble with veins of mica. It is badly worn, missing the nose, shoulder locks, the right ear-lock and the point of the beard. Besides the fringe, the forehead, the irises and the lips are bad...