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

All objects 151 objects


  • 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...

  • Maximus

    • 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

    • IN 821
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The technical examination of "IN 821":/objects/128/attachments/415 provides new insight into the original polychromy of polished marble portraits and the results suggest the portrait was fully painted.

      The eyes we...

  • Roman woman

    • IN 799
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • On the face a single red grain was detected on the left cheek along with a few small grains in the left eyebrow. In the hair a larger number of red grains were detected in the incrustation and vegetation on the back o...

  • The Actor Fundilius Doctus

    • IN 707
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This "full-size potrait":/objects/144/attachments/872 statue bears traces of original paint, especially on the garments where a "light red orange":/objects/144/attachments/892 colour is observed. The pigment existes m...

  • Statue group of Artemis and Iphigenia

    • IN 481 - 482a
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The Artemis- and Iphigenia group including a hind shows an interesting colour scheme including the use of "gilding":/objects/22/attachments/753. Both female torsos have red pigments on garments, hair and skin. Also, ...

  • 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...

  • Pinax probably depicting Herakles

    • HIN 800
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • A man, probably Herakles, is depicted on a narrow, fragmented pinax. He is wearing a lion-skin, which often is associated with Herakles.