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

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  • Female head from a grave relief.

    • IN 2554
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief is made of white fine-grained marble. The tip of the nose is missing.
      A Visible Induced Luminescence examination revealed an equal distribution of "luminescent pigments":/objects/89/attachments/245 in the ...

  • Tomb lekythos

    • IN 2788
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The lekyhtos is made of white, fine-grained marble. The neck is broken and the foot is new in limestone.The left side is covered in a thick crust of calcite, outside the relief the surface shows abundant traces of the...

  • Tomb Lekythos

    • IN 467
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The lekythos is made of white marble with grey stripes. The neck is broken and the foot missing. The seated man once supported himself with a painted staff. There are negative traces of the original painted floral pat...

  • Head of Isis (?)

    • IN 554
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of white marble and very badly damaged: The nose, part of the diadem, as well as the lips have all been broken off; part of the lower lip added on. Visible damage also to the neck, the chin and forehe...

  • Head of a young man.

    • IN 1580
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of fine-grained, white marble with greyish stripes.
      Traces of paint in the eyes can be seen with the naked eye.

      In July, 1993 the head was thoroughly cleaned.

  • Head of a woman.

    • IN 1937
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of white marble. Dark brown lime deposits can be seen on the surface on the left side of the hair and face, though these have been removed by cleaning from the rest of the face.
      Traces of red paint ...

  • Hermes

    • IN 430
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The herm is made of Pentelic marble. The fringe and eyelids are chipped. The point of the full beard has been broken off, as has the front of the herm. The eyes were originally inlaid: the whites in marble have surviv...

  • Head of a young man

    • IN 596
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The head is made of white marble. The nose is missing, and the lips and eyelids are chipped. Traces of the original paint can be seen in the eyes.

      In 1962 the head was cleaned and the cast plaster nose and lips rem...