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

All objects 151 objects


  • Head of an athlete

    • IN 454
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of white marble – probably Pentelic. Traces of a reddish-brown paint in the hair and red paint in the eye can be observed with the naked eye.

      In 1957 the head was washed, and the tip of the nose e...

  • Hermes

    • IN 429
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The herm is made of Pentelic marble. It is intact except for the nose, the tip of the beard and the top of the cap. Traces of red paint can be observed with the naked eye under the lower lip.

      The herm was cleaned a...

  • Portrait bust of Roman woman. Livia (?)

    • IN 748
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The bust is made of white marble. Most of the nose has been broken off, and there is surface damage to the mouth and cheeks.
      Dark paint in the "eyes":/objects/55/attachments/223 is still visible to the naked eye; the...

  • Siren

    • 2817
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The statue is made of white marble. Tip and right side of the nose, upper part of kithara, tip of left wing and the legs are broken off.
      Red pigment can be seen with the naked eye on the kithara.

      In June 1993 and ...

  • Relief with Amazonomachy

    • IN 2016
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This fragment of a relief is made of white marble. Only the lower, right part of the wide frame around the picture has been preserved.
      The use of the pigment Egyptian Blue was documented using Visible Induced Lumine...

  • Statue of Nemesis of Rhamnous

    • IN 2086
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The statue is made of Pentelic marble with pronounced vertical veins of mica. The head, both arms and two toes from the right foot are missing. The costume is chipped.
      The statue has been examined with Visible Induce...

  • Mummy portrait of a man

    • ÆIN 1425
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The portrait of a man is fastened on a mummy and is very well-preserved. The face of the man is painted in many colours; black for the hair, the skin in colours of pink, green and yellow and the lips are red.

  • Mummy portrait of a woman

    • ÆIN 683
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The portrait of a woman is painted in encaustic on a thin wooden panel of which only the middle part is preserved. Her hair and eyebrows are rendered in black, her lips are red and her skin is painted in colours of wh...