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

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  • Cinerary urn.

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    • IN 862
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The urn is made of white marble. Only the front is ancient, the rest is restored.
      Traces of red paint are visible to the naked eye in the "inscription":/objects/62/attachments/275.

  • Two fragments of a relief

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    • IN 459
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The two relief fragments are made of a white, fine-grained marble with a golden patina, probably Pentelic.
      There are no traces of original paint to be observed with the naked eye. The fragments have been examined wi...

  • 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...

  • Upper part of Attic grave relief

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    • IN 461
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief fragment is made of white marble. There are small damages on the surface and the acroteria, and the elbow of the standing woman is chipped off.
      Traces of red paint can be seen with the naked eye on the wom...

  • Statuette of a woman.

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    • IN 2745
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The statuette is made of limestone. Intact except for some minor damages to the nose.
      Traces of red paint can be seen with the naked eye as vertical lines on the dress.

  • Figure of a man.

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    • IN 3614
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The figure is made of limestone. The lower part of the body is missing and the head has been broken off. The nose is damaged, and there are some marks on the body.
      Traces of red paint are visible to the naked eye on ...

  • 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...

  • 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.