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 a woman

    • IN 2830
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This female head is the first sculpture in the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek to be examined for its polychromy. The investigation revealed small areas with original paint colour on skin and hair. "Two cross...

  • Portrait of a Roman.

    • IN 1438
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The portrait bust is made of white marble. Reddish colour in "the hair":/objects/68/attachments/906 is still visible to the naked eye. Traces of red colour are also discernible in "both eyes":/objects/68/attachments/9...

  • The Actor Fundilius Doctus

    • IN 707
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This "full-size potrait":/objects/144/attachments/872 statue bears traces of original paint, especially on the garments where a "light red orange":/objects/144/attachments/892 colour is observed. The pigment existes m...

  • Nerva?

    • IN 3282
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • Only a few traces of pigment have survived on what seems to be a highly polished portrait. It is noteworthy that the pigments are found on the hair and on the surface where it is not polished in the area around the ea...

  • Portrait of Roman Lady

    • IN 759
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The portrait has excellent traces of "red colour on the hair":/objects/57/attachments/818. Only a few, small traces of red are found on the skin. Egyptian blue has been identified by means of VIL on the "garments":/ob...

  • The Rayet head

    • IN 418
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The Rayet head has traces of colour on both face and hair. Along the rim of "both eyes":/objects/20/attachments/668 and above the left eye as well as on the lips scattered traces of red is found. Also, on and between ...

  • Fragments of warrior relief

    • IN 1508
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This relief has only briefly been examined. Traces of "red, black":/objects/143/attachments/801 and blue are found. The blue traces observed on the background have been identified as Egyptian blue by means of "VIL- im...

  • Head of a young man

    • IN 451
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • On this classical head of a young man traces of red colour are visible to the naked eye in the hair and a few traces of red are found in the corner of the left eye and in the iris of the right eye. VIL- imaging was ...