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Erik Yingling

Erik Yingling

Art History
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School (Liturgical Studies)
B.A., Brigham Young University (Ancient Near Eastern Studies)


Erik Yingling is a PhD candidate studying ancient and medieval art. His research primarily focuses on Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean, and reflects his interdisciplinary interests and training in the history of art and religion. He can often be found seriously at play with the puzzles of damaged Coptic lacunae (parchments, inscriptions, ostraca etc.), or exploring artworks conceptually as they relate to ritual, animation, materiality, and sensory phenomena. One of his current projects probes issues of modern restoration efforts, forgery, and authenticity in a mummy coffin belonging to a certain "Chantress of Amun" (now in the Cantor Arts Center). It also sheds new light on the coffin's journey to California, as it was purchased by Dr. R.H. Plummer, while he toured the world and followed in reverse order the footsteps of Phileas Fogg  (Around the World in Eighty Days).


“A New Coptic Epitaph from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 53 (2016): 223–232 (with Lincoln H. Blumell).

“The Ghost in the Glass: Reflecting on Reflections and the Death Mask of Leland Stanford Jr.” In Faults and Traces: Some Stanford Ghost Stories.Stanford: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, 2016. 54–61.

“Singing with the Savior: Reconstructing the Ritual Ring-dance in the Gospel of the Savior.” Apocrypha 24 (2013): 255–279.