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

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  • Sarcophagus chest; shipping.

    In1299_t_0
    • IN 1299
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • Well preserved sarcophagus chest with a relief representing "shipping":/objects/40/attachments/74. "Crossed shields":/objects/40/attachments/77 on top of crossed spears and a "double axe":/objects/40/attachments/81 de...

  • Portrait of L. Aninius Rufus

    In1437_t_0
    • IN 1437
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • In spite the white appearance of this portrait, minute traces of red/orange pigments are found on the surface of the skin and hair suggesting that the portrait once was fully painted. "UV-image of the eyes":/objects/1...

  • Maximus

    In823_0
    • IN 823
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The examination of IN 823 ascertains that the polished marble portrait was painted in a delicate and detailed manner. The hair was painted in dark red nuances together with black underdrawing and small amounts of Egyp...

  • Young Roman

    In822_t_0
    • IN 822
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The examination of a Roman portrait, "IN 822":/objects/129/attachments/442, in polished white marble, testifies that it was originally fully painted. The hair was originally golden-reddish and yellow, red and blue col...

  • Maximus

    In826_t_0
    • IN 826
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The technical examination of IN 826 provides new insight into the colour palette and painting techniques on polished marble portraits from Antiquity. On the portrait's polished parts scattered particles of red and ye...

  • Fragments of Relief

    _in1048_t_0
    • ÆIN 1048
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • It was decided to take a closer look at the polychromy of this beautiful, well- preserved, "Egyptian relief.":/objects/126/attachments/394. The investigation shows high technical painting skills. In particular, the pa...

  • Portrait of a Client ruler or Priest-king

    In1583_t_0
    • IN 1583
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This portrait exhibits small traces of red in the face, in the hair, between the lips, along the eyelid, eye-rim and "eyelashes":/objects/24/attachments/35. The red has not yet been identified although this was attemp...

  • Female head from a grave relief.

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    • IN 469
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief fragment is made of white, fine-grained marble.
      The fragment has been examined with Visible Iinduced Luminescence. Pigments were seen as evenly distributed "luminescent spots":/objects/46/attachments/247 ...