Fragment of the ornamented ivory bracelet

A fragment of a convex-shaped bracelet. The convex side is covered with traditional Mal'ta ornament - a thin line is cut through and a number of "cupulas" are oriented towards it in such a way that the ornament forms supplementary tongues. It is worth to note the special technique of drilling at an angle, i.e. the item was ornamented on a convex surface.

Manufacturing technique

The convex side is entirely covered with polishing. On the inner side, under the polishing, there are traces of a push-plane work. The edges are entirely covered with polishing. Cupulas are made with a reamer with a narrow working edge and with a drilling at an angle which is probably due to the convex shape of the blank.

Use-wear traces

Use-wear traces are represented by polishing on the inner and the outer sides. 

Storage location

The State Historical museum of Russia

Inventory number



Length - 47.58 mm

Width - 21.03 mm

Thickness - 9.99 mm




19-23 th years BP


Mal'ta-Buret' archaeological culture

The author of the excavations

Gerasimov M.M.


Gerasimov M.M. Paleoliticheskaya stoyanka Mal'ta // Sov. ehtnografiya, 1958. № 3, S.43 (ris.11) (in Russ.)

Abramova Z.A. Paleoliticheskoe iskusstvo na territorii SSSR // SAI, vyp. A 4-3. M,- L.: Izd-vo AN SSSR, 1963 –S. 48 (tab. 48) (In Russ.)