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

All objects 150 objects


  • 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...

  • Head of a Roman woman

    • 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.

  • Head of a Roman woman

    • IN 747 and IN 614
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This potrait of a Roman woman 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...

  • Sarcophagus chest; shipping.

    • 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

    • 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...