A female sculpture "with forelock"

This is a fully finished image. The head is large, shoulders are clearly expressed, the head is separated from body. The face is large and flat with eyes and nose asimmetrically located. Face is framed with convex headgear / hairstyle. Pendulous breasts as deep lines are on a flat torso. Hands are tightly pressed to the body; legs in front and behind are separated by wide and deep features. The lower part is rounded, sciatic part is raised up, but has smooth outlines.

Manufacturing technique

The area between legs is made with a burin. The line does not run to the end. The line is deep, the sides are smoothed with a planning knife. The shoulders, the lower part of the hands and the breast are made with the same tool. We can see clear traces on the right breast. The lines on the hood which run up and down are made with a cutting tool. the hair is also made with a cutting tool. We can see it under the hood line. There are no line traces on the hat there. The item was treated with a burin. We can see traces of it on the left side of the face, between the breasts, on the front side of the hips, on the back, and in the area of a shoulder part of the hands. The face is wide, flat. We can see elongated eyes. The nose and the mouth are made with a burin. The left eye is made with a rotary motion of a burin up to 90 degrees. 

Use-wear traces

Use-wear traces are not found.

Storage location

The State Hermitage Museum

Inventory number



mm General parametrs of the item Head Body The lower part from thighs The lower part on the back Face part
Length 67.25 16.71 21.13 19.17 41.97 10.58
Thickness 16.95 16.95 16.04 16.58    
Width 14-15.8 14.08 15.80 15.81    





19-23 th years BP


Mal'ta-Buret' archaeological culture

The author of the excavations

Gerasimov M.M.


Abramova Z.A. Izobrazhenie cheloveka v paleoliticheskom iskusstve Еvrazii / AN SSSR. IA. - L.: Nauka, 1966, S. 196 tabl. VIII, 2    

Abramova Z.A. Paleoliticheskoe iskusstvo na territorii SSSR // SAI, vyp. A 4-3. M,- L.: Izd-vo AN SSSR, 1963, S. 45, tabl. XLIV, 8 i XLV, 4

Gerasimov M.M. Mal'ta. Paleoliticheskaya stoyanka (predvaritel'nye dannye): rezul'taty rabot 1928/29 g. – Irkutsk: Vlast' truda, 1931, S.21, tabl.14, a

Lbova L.V. Simvolicheskij interrakcionizm mal'tinskoj antropomorfnoj paleoliticheskoj skul'ptury // Iskusstvo Еvrazii. - 2018. - №2(9). - S. 18-32