Agnete Lassen

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Agnete Wisti Lassen is Associate Curator at the Yale Babylonian Collection & Lecturer at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University. She studied Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology and History at the University of Copenhagen and Ancient Near Eastern Art at Harvard University. She received her PhD degree from University of Copenhagen in 2012. Before coming to Yale in 2013 she was a post-doctoral associate at the University of Copenhagen.

Her research area is the social and economic history of Mesopotamia and Anatolia in the 2nd millennium BCE. Her special areas of interest are Near Eastern seals and ancient textile. Her approach is interdisciplinary, and she works with visual culture, archaeological material and written sources. Her dissertation: Glyptic Encounters. A Stylistic and Prosopographical Study of Seals in the Old Assyrian Period is a social study of seals and seal use in the Middle Bronze Age. It is currently being prepared for publication.

She has taught courses on graduate and undergraduate level on art, textiles and economy at both Copenhagen and Yale University.


(w. M. T. Larsen) ‘Cultural Interaction at Kültepe,’ in W. Henkelman et al (eds.) Extraction and Control: Studies in Honor of Matthew W. Stolper. (SAOC 68) Chicago, 2014: 171-188 (in press).

‘Weaving with Crescent Shaped Loom Weights. An Investigation of a Special Kind of Loom Weight,’ in: Andersson. E. and M.-L. Nosch (eds.) Tools and Textiles: Texts and Context. (Ancient Textiles Series 13). Oxford, 2014: 135-145 (in press).

’Wool in Anatolia in the Old Assyrian Period’ in: C. Breniquet and C. Michel (eds.) Wool Economy in the Ancient Near East. (Ancient Textiles Series 17). Oxbow, Oxford. (forthcoming)

‘The Old Assyrian Glyptic Style. An Investigation of a Seal Style, its Owners and Place of Production,’ in L. Atici et al. (eds.) Current Research at Kültepe/Kanesh. (JCCS 4). Lockwood Press, 2014: 107-121.

‘Technology and palace economy in Middle Bronze Age Anatolia: the case of the crescent shaped loom weight,’ in Nosch, M.-L. and H. Koefoed (eds.) Textile Production and Consumption in the Ancient Near East: archaeology, epigraphy, iconography (Ancient Textiles Series 12). Oxbow: Oxford, 2013: 78-92.

‘Social Aspects of Textile and Textile Production in the Ancient Near East: Ethnicity and Dress in Middle Bronze Age Anatolia,’ in C. A. Giner, et al (eds.) Mujer y Vestimenta. Aspectos de la Identidad Femenina en la Antigüedad. Valencia, 2011: 23-31. (NP).

‘Tools, Procedures and Professions. A Review of the Akkadian Textile Terminology,’ in: Michel, C. and M.-L. Nosch (eds.) Textile Terminologies in the third to the first millennium BC in the Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean. (Ancient Textiles Series 8). Oxbow: Oxford, 2010: 270-280.

‘Wool trade in Old Assyrian Anatolia’. Jaarbericht “Ex Oriente Lux” 42 (2010): 159-179.

(w. Frangipane, M., E. Andersson Strand, R. Laurito, S. Möller-Wiering, M.-L. Nosch, A. Rast-Eicher):  ‘Arslantepe, Malatya (Turkey): Textiles, Tools and Imprints of Fabrics from the Fourth to the Second Millennium BCE’. Paléorient 35 (2009): 5-29.

‘What to weave – fashions and fabric in the ancient world’. Iris/1 (2008): 17- 18. (NP).

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