Sub-oval disc ("seashell")

The sub-oval shaped disc with the extension to the bottom; it is covered with a C-shaped ornament on the front side. The front side is covered with a C-shaped ornament in 9 rows. In the first row, 6 signs are engraved, in the second - 9 (10) signs, in the third fourth and fifth - 12 signs each, in the sixth and seventh rows - 11 signs each, in the eighth one - 8 signs, in the ninth one - 4.

Manufacturing technique

The original shape of the blank is a flake. Traces of spall are in the upper narrowed part. Along the edges, traces of grinding are visible. The ornament was made without preliminary marking. Elements of the ornament are made in several rows and cover the plate completely from the front side. Here the sculptor probably put two or three drill bits, and then connected them by squeezing as the elements look rather deep. The back side is partially covered with dendrites.

Use-wear traces

Use-wear traces are not found.

Storage location

The State Historical museum of Russia

Inventory number



Length – 47 mm

Width – 32 mm

Thickness – 12-15 mm




19-23 th. years BP


Mal'ta-Buret' archaeological culture

The author of the excavations

Gerasimov M.M.


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Formozov A.A. Neopublikovanyie proizvedeniya iskusstva paleoliticheskoy stoyanki Malta // Sovetskaya Arkheologia. 1976. - №4 - S. 180-184

Rostyazhenko T.E. Maltinskiye ornamentirovannie diski kak predmety prestiga // Arheologia: Materialy 56-y Mezhdunar. nauch. stud. conf. 22-27 aprelya 2018 g. / Novosib. gos. un-t. - Novosibirsk: IPC NGU, 2018, S. 23-24 (in Russ.)