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


  • Sphinx’s head

    • IN 2823
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The surface of the limestone is very weathered, almost without patina. The head is parts of the face and meniskos.
      On the neck a painted pattern in red and black can be seen with the naked eye and with raking light. ...

  • Sarcophagus with Cupids and shield

    • IN 2626
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The sarcophagus is made of white marble. The surface is damaged and minor parts are missing and a few completely destroyed.
      Traces of black and red contours around the feathers of the cupids wings are still visible ...

  • Female head from a grave relief

    • IN 2587
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • This fragment of a relief is made of white, fine-grained marble. The nose, part of the upper lip, part of the right eye and left ear are chipped.
      The relief has been examined with "Visible Iinduced Luminescence":/obj...

  • Bust portrait of Roman

    • IN 780
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The bust is made of white marble with a yellowish-brown patina. The nose has been broken off and the ears are damaged.
      The name of the man has been painted on the small inscription tablet beneath the bust, but is no ...

  • Statue of a bull

    • IN 3390
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The statue is made of white marble. Most of the legs, horns and ears is broken off, and the surface is weathered. Red pigments can be seen with the naked eye in the right ear, corner of left eye and the tuft of the ta...

  • Attic votive relief

    • IN 1430
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief is made of white marble, probably Pentelic. Five figures are rendered in high relief, and the bearded man on the right is leaning on a stick which was originally painted on.

  • Female statuette

    • IN 2630
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The statuette is made of limestone. The lower parts of the leg and foot are missing. The right side of the face is severely damaged.
      Traces of red paint are visible to the naked eye on the dress and in the hair.

  • Votive relief

    • IN 2345
    • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
    • The relief is made of fine-grained, white, micaceous marble. The tenon (9.5x9.5x10) for insertion and bordering area has been broken off and has been reattached, and the nose of the man is damaged. Traces of colour in...