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

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  • Garland sarcophagus

    • IN2468
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • A 3rd century C.E "sarcophagus":/objects/50/attachments/94 in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek has traces of original polychromy preserved to a considerable extent on both the front of the lid and on the coffin. A broad pal...

  • Acroterium

    • IN 471
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The acroterium is made of limestone and is intact.
      It has been examined with Visible Induced Luminescence with positive results. "Luminescend pigments":/objects/47/attachments/284 can be seen on the decoration of the...

  • Side wall of naiskos.

    • IN 2807
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The naiskos is made of white marble with a crust of calcite. The upper and lower edges are broken.
      The naiskos has been examined with "Visible Induced Luminescence":/objects/105/attachments/293 which revealed the use...

  • Antefix with silenus head

    • HIN 55
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • On this fine example of a early Classical, Etruscan antefix the well-preserved paint adds to the striking appearance. The investigation carried out on the polychromy gives a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and va...

  • Antefix with female head

    • HIN 452
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This beautiful "antefix":/objects/124/attachments/367 has well-preserved traces of original colour which are visible to the naked eye.
      The "palmette leaves":/objects/124/attachments/372 were once painted alternately ...

  • Caligula

    • 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...

  • Relief with portrait bust of woman/ ”The Beauty of Palmyra”

    • IN 2795
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • On this "grave relief":/objects/36/attachments/51 of a woman from Palmyra in Central Syria well-preserved paint adds to the striking appearance and is visible to the naked eye. She goes by the name ”The Beauty of Palm...

  • Statue of the so called ’sciarra’ amazon

    • IN 1568
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This report presents the work on a Roman marble ‘ideal sculpture’ of the 2nd century CE from the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. The work is undertaken to investigate traces of original paint on the sculptur...