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

All objects 151 objects


  • Capital of palm colum

    • ÆIN 1045
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The 87 cm-high capital comes from a column in the palace of the pharaoh Apries in Memphis. Apries was a member of the 26th Dynasty and reigned 589 – 568 BCE. At first sight the capital appears to bear traces of green ...

  • 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...

  • Garland sarcophagus

    • IN 2468
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • A 3rd century C.E "sarcophagus":/objects/50/attachments/94 in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek has traces of original polychromy preserved to a considerable extent on both the front of the lid and on the coffin. A broad pal...

  • Terracotta relief depicting satyrs picking grapes

    • IN 1708
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The terracotta relief is well-preserved with only a piece missing from both sides of the relief and small fragments along the upper edge of the relief. The top of the relief is decorated with a row of palmettes. Two s...

  • Statue of the so called ’sciarra’ amazon

    • IN 1568
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This report presents the work on a Roman marble ‘ideal sculpture’ of the 2nd century CE from the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. The work is undertaken to investigate traces of original paint on the sculptur...

  • 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...

  • Recumbent lion

    • IN 1297
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • Head scalped, eyes and eye region damaged. Left back corner of plinth broken off. Upper jaw has been broken off, but is preserved. Teeth poorer than "IN 1296":http://tc.o8e.dk/objects/116, but already repaired in anti...

  • Recumbent lion

    • IN 1296
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The statue is made of limestone. The foremost part of the plinth with forelegs has been broken, but fits at the break. Mane above forehead damaged. Left canine of upper jaw and both canines of lower missing.
      Traces o...