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

All objects 150 objects


  • 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...

  • Statuette of a woman

    • 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.

  • Cinerary urn

    • 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.

  • Votive Banquet relief

    • IN 1594
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief is made of white, fine-grained marble. The surface is worn, and the man’s right hand and woman’s face, arms and feet are damaged.
      The relief has been examined with Visible Induces Luminescence but showed ...

  • Sphinx’s head

    • IN 2823
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The surface of the limestone is very weathered, almost without patina. The head is parts of the face and meniskos.
      On the neck a painted pattern in red and black can be seen with the naked eye and with raking light. ...

  • Sarcophagus with Cupids and shield

    • IN 2626
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The sarcophagus is made of white marble. The surface is damaged and minor parts are missing and a few completely destroyed.
      Traces of black and red contours around the feathers of the cupids wings are still visible ...

  • Female head from a grave relief

    • IN 2587
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This fragment of a relief is made of white, fine-grained marble. The nose, part of the upper lip, part of the right eye and left ear are chipped.
      The relief has been examined with "Visible Iinduced Luminescence":/obj...

  • Bust portrait of Roman

    • IN 780
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The bust is made of white marble with a yellowish-brown patina. The nose has been broken off and the ears are damaged.
      The name of the man has been painted on the small inscription tablet beneath the bust, but is no ...