Diadem with "cupulas" ornament

Wide bent ivory plate has round ends. The edges have through-holes. On the outer side, closer to one of the edges, there is a typical Mal'ta ornament. It consists of three rows of four "cupulas" of the same size in each.

Manufacturing technique

The item has traces of grinding and polishing. The plate is whole. It is divided into three similar parts by cracks. The inner side is also broken along the item that tells us about returning to the original state of the previously bent item. On one of the sides, close to the edge of the item, there are two flakes. Through-holes on the edges are made with drilling, there are traces of flaring. The indentations were made with numerous rotary motions with a reamer on the relatively same depth. We can also see the same diameter and size of the indentations. 

Use-wear traces

Parallel cracks form three parts of the plate. Traces of polishing along the item edges are the most intensive. The edges are smoothed. This can tell us about numerous contacts with soft material. 

Storage location


Inventory number



Lehgth - 120 mm

Width - 16 mm




19-23 th years BP


Mal'ta-Buret' archaeological culture

The author of the excavations

Gerasimov M.M.


Abramova Z.A. Paleoliticheskoe iskusstvo na territorii SSSR // SAI, vyp. A 4-3. M,- L.: Izd-vo AN SSSR, 1963 –S. 49 (tab. 54) (In Russ.)