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

All objects 123 objects


  • Roman Lady

    • IN 761
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The results of the technical examination suggest the portrait was fully painted.
      Small traces of red, yellow ochre and Egyptian blue are found on the skin and in the hair.

  • Kybele

    • IN 480
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This full-size statue of Kybele has only briefly been examined. "Egyptian blue is found on garments":/objects/136/attachments/634 while "pale pink,":/objects/136/attachments/637 probably an organic lake, is found in t...

  • Sphinx

    • IN 1203
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • On this archaic, limstone sphinx, well-preserved paint adds to the striking appearance. Clear traces of "red ochre":/objects/121/attachments/599 are visible to the naked eye on large areas of the sphinx and a few tra...

  • Roman Lady

    • IN 747 and IN 614
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This potrait of a Roman lady also previously called Livia or Agrippina Minor bears clear vestiges of "black irises and pupils":/objects/137/attachments/647. Only a few traces of yellow were found on the hair and a fe...

  • Sarcophagus with Dionysos and Ariadne

    • IN 843
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This Roman sarcophagus bears vestiges of antique colour. Many traces of red are found mostly on "baskets":/objects/138/attachments/652 and trees, but also on the skin:/objects/138/attachments/658 of Ariadne, the femal...

  • Head of an athlete

    • IN 455
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of a greyish, striped marble – probably from Hymettos. The back of the head has been broken off along a fault in the marble and linked with a dowel hole. The tip of the nose has been broken off.
      The ...

  • Head of the Orator, Demosthenes.

    • IN 1532
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of white marble, with a grey-brown patina. A piece of the nose has been broken off and is missing. The crown and the rear-most section of the head have been hewn.

      In his catalogue from 1951 Frederi...

  • Colossal head of Roman Woman.

    • IN 2815
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The colossal head of a Roman woman reveals extensive remains of original coloration. Especially in the hair compact layers of yellow and red with black and blue grains are observed. In two cases gilding is found on to...