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Betty Hensellek

Ph.D. Student in History of Art


My research interests revolve around the material culture of Central Asia and Iran in the first millennium CE. My doctoral dissertation “The Age of the Polychrome Kaftan: a Sartorial System of Late Antique Central Eurasia” investigates the social function of a particular garment type across the vastly different socio-political landscapes of Eurasia from ca. 400–1000 CE. Other current projects and publications examine themes of banqueting in Sogdian and Tokharian wall paintings, as well as Sasanian silver vessels.


I received a BA in Art History and a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati (2011) and my MA with distinction from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2013). In 2014-2015 I was a DAAD Gastdoktorandin at the Seminar für Orientalische Archäologie und Kunstgeschichte, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. In 2016-2017 I began working on my dissertation in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences. I am currently the Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fund Fellow in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Sept. 2017 to Aug. 2019).


  • Archaeology Program
  • History of Art and Visual Studies


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