Figurine of a woman with the "Spanish rose" hairdo

A female figurine with high relief, well-profiled face and high chin ("mother-in-law"). The chest, thighs and spiral-shaped hairdo in the left part of the head are highleghted with deep relief. Some traces of blue-black paint are found on the face and hair. 

Manufacturing technique

There are some traces of a burin treatment on the face, chest and shoulders. The contours of the legs and the hands are made with a cutting tool. Hair and spiral-shaped hairdo were made with a burin and a reamer (lines and "cupulas"). The face area is divided from hairline with a cutting tool. The mouth and the eyes are made with a cutting tool, but nostrils are made with a burin. There are some cutting marks on the face. Also we can see bracelets on shoulders.  

Use-wear traces

Traces of polishing (a contact with soft material) are found in the face area. On the left chest, pollishing is more intensive than on the right one. 

Storage location

The State Historical museum of Russia

Inventory number


The Museum KAMIS


Length - 80,58 mm

Width: 26,1 mm (thighs), 29,62 mm (shoulders), 21,82 mm (head)

Thickness: 20,56 mm (thighs), 20,96 mm (head), 9,93 mm (legs)




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. – M.-L.: Izd-vo AN SSSR, 1962.  – 85 s. C. 46, tabl. XLVI, 6.

Gerasimov M. M. Paleoliticheskaya stoyanka Mal'ta (raskopki 1956–1957 gg.)// SE. – 1958. -  № 3. – S. 28-52. S. 40, tabl. 13,b.

Lipnina E. A. Mal'tinskoe mestonahozhdenie verhnepaleoliticheskih kul'tur: Sovremennoe sostoyanie izuchennosti i perspektivy issledovaniya: dissertaciya na soiskanie uch. stepeni kandidata istoricheskih nauk: 07.00.06. – Irkutsk, 2002. –310 s.  S. 157-163.