Prestige technologies is a social and technological complex whose primary goal is to demontrate the wealth, prestige, special status or power of a person, or group of people. In some cases it is prestige technologies that give developement to practical ones: for instance, these are technology of grinding and polishing stones, the manufacture of ceramic dishes, etc.
In Mal'ta collection prestige technologies include ornamental disks, discoids, blades and items of triangular forms.
The collection contains ornamented items from the storages of the State Hermitage Museum, the Kunstkamera and the State Historical Museum
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