Small ivory disc with a hole ("button")

A small sub-square disc with a through-hole. The item has a curved shape. The surface is covered with a zigzag ornament in seven continuous lines at the front side. It was interpretated as a "button" (M.M. Gerasimov).

Manufacturing technique

The shape of the blank is a small flake. Along the edges, there are traces of grinding. Elements of the ornament were made with a burin on the softened ivory. In the center of the plate, there is a through-hole made with a reamer.

Use-wear traces

Use-wear traces are not found.

Storage location

The State Historical museum of Russia

Inventory number



Length – 21 mm

Width – 16 mm

Thickness - 5-6 mm




19-23 th years BP


Mal'ta-Buret' archaeological culture

The author of the excavations

Gerasimov M.M.


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

Formozov A.A. Neopublikovanyie proizvedeniya iskusstva paleoliticheskoy stoyanki Malta // Sovetskaya Arkheologia. 1976. - №4 - S. 180-184