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

All objects 168 objects


  • Woman from a Palmyrene sarcophagus, standing sarcophagus lid

    • IN 1065
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The portrait of a woman derives from a sarcophagus, found in an unknorn Palmyrene tomb. The surface of the portrait is slightly weathered. Most of her nose is missing, along with the right shoulder, part of the right ...

  • 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...

  • Palmyrene loculus stele depicting a standing woman, Ra'ata

    • IN 1030
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The grave stele represents a standing woman, Ra'ata. Small fragments of the frame are missing from the lower part of the object. The portrait itself is slightly weathered, especially the face, and neck. The left hand,...

  • Palmyrene loculus relief depicting a man

    • IN 1052
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This relief is rectangular with a centrally-placed male bust. A man, Malkai, is portrayed on a grave relief from Palmyra, Syria. The object is well-preserved, only with small fragments missing from the edge. The portr...

  • Palmyrene loculus stele depicting two standing boys, Philinos and Taimaḥâ

    • IN 2776
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • Two boys are depicted on a grave stele. Both of their names are attested, the left figure as Philinos and the right as Taimaḥâ. The overall object is well preserved with slightly fragmented frame, especially in the up...

  • Head of a man

    • 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.

  • Grave relief

    • 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...

  • Head of a man

    • 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...