Welcome to the Tracking Colour objects database. It contains information on ancient artworks from the collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek examined for their original polychromy.

All objects 168 objects


  • 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...

  • 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...