Ornamented disk with a hole (from the burial)

A rounded flat item decorated on the front side with a zigzag ornament. In the center of the disс there is a through-hole.

Manufacturing technique

During the manufacture of the ornament elements, two tools were used: a reamer and a burin. Zigzag is made with a burin, and the surface is polished over it. There is an additional flaring of the edge of the central hole from the front side. On the inner side, drilling was made with a reamer. The lines of indentations on the back are made with a burin. Polishing on the inside is relatively more intensive.

Use-wear traces

At the edges of the item there are use-wear traces (contact with the skin).

Storage location

The State Hermitage Museum

Inventory number

1408/3 337/41


Length - 48.42 mm

Width - 47.9 mm 

Thickness - 5.18 mm




19-23 th years BP


Mal'ta-Buret' archaeological culture

The author of the excavations

Gerasimov M.M.


Gerasimov M.M. Malta. Paleoliticheskaya stoyanka (predvaritelnye dannie): rezultaty rabot 1928/29 g. - Ircutsk: Vlast' truda, 1931. - S. 16

Lbova L., Rostyazhenko T. Ornamental Artefacts as a Way to Transfer and Store Information in the Upper Palaeolithic: the Mal’ta Collection (Siberia) // Expression. – 2019. – Vol. 23. – P. 35-44

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