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

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  • Roman woman

    • IN 799
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • On the face a single red grain was detected on the left cheek along with a few small grains in the left eyebrow. In the hair a larger number of red grains were detected in the incrustation and vegetation on the back o...

  • Fragment of votive relief.

    • IN 465
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This fragment of the left side and the lower corner of a relief is made of white marble. The head of the central figure is worn.
      Traces of red colour in the eye can be discerned with the naked eye. The fragment was...

  • Statue group of Artemis and Iphigenia

    • IN 481 - 82a
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The Artemis- and Iphigenia group including a hind shows an interesting colour scheme including the use of "gilding":/objects/22/attachments/753. Both female torsos have red pigments on garments, hair and skin. Also, ...

  • Maximus

    • IN 819
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This high-gloss, polished portrait has only briefly been examined. A few red traces are observed on the face while traces of red/orange, brown, red, black, and blue grains are observed on the hair."
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  • Young Roman

    • IN 821
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The technical examination of "IN 821":/objects/128/attachments/415 provides new insight into the original polychromy of polished marble portraits and the results suggest the portrait was fully painted.

      The eyes we...

  • Fundilia

    • IN 708
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This full size potrait statue bears traces of original paint, especially on the garments where five different pigments are observed including red, yellow, violet, black and blue. The pigments appear mostly as scattere...

  • Quintus Hostius Capito

    • IN 1436
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • Only a few traces of original paint are found on this portrait bust. This includes "red/orange traces in the hair":/objects/134/attachments/623 and a few traces of red on the top rim of the right eye. Traces of blue a...

  • Portrait of Staia Quinta

    • IN 1435
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The portrait of a Roman woman reveals traces of original polychromy, especially in the hair where compact layers of yellow and red ochre with a few grains of Egyptian blue are observed. Small traces of red are also fo...