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Hajnalka Elias

Hajnalka  Elias

PhD Student, Chinese Studies


I am passionate about Chinese art and visit museums with Chinese collections on regular basis. I also keep myself up-to-date with happenings in the Chinese art market, and follow art auctions worldwide. I am a keen yoga practitioner and spend much of my spare time doing asana, learning about yoga teachings and practice meditation.


1985-88 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, New York, USA

  • M.Phil. in History and Social Sciences (1988)
  • M.A. in History and Social Sciences (1987)

1981-85 Princeton University, Princeton, USA

  • B.A. Cum Laude in East Asian Studies

Subject groups/Research projects

Chinese Studies:

Research Interests

My current research is a thematic analysis of Western and Eastern Han period tomb mural paintings, stone and brick carvings and other burial objects decorated with scenes of the hunt found in present-day Sichuan province.

Other Professional Activities

Work Experience

2000-present Sotheby's

  • Deputy Director
    Senior International Researcher and Archivist for Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Departments worldwide

1999-2000 C.H.E. (Cultural Homestay in Europe), Cambridge, U.K.

  • Teacher of E.F.L. (English as a Foreign Language)

1996-1998 C.W.A.J. (College Women's Association of Japan), Tokyo, Japan

  • Teacher of E.F.L.

1994-1995 American Community School, Hillingdon, U.K.

  • Senior School Social Studies and History Teacher for the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) Diploma Programme

1989-1994 Itochu Corporation, London, U.K.

  • Head of Textiles Department in London


Key Publications

'Chinese Monk's Cap Ewers: A Story of Religious, Political and Cultural Relations,' Arts of Asia,vol. 45, no.3, March-April 2013.

A Dealer's Hand. The Chinese Art World through the Eyes of Giuseppe Eskenazi, London: Scala Publishers, 2012.

'A Man's Quest for the Beautiful. The Barlow Collection at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom,' Arts of Asia, vol. 38, no. 6, November-December 2008.

'A New Beginning. Imperial Art of the Yongle Period,' Arts of Asia, vol. 38, no. 3, May-June 2008.

'In Search of China's Ceramic Past. A Visit to Jingdezhen and Laohudong,' Arts of Asia, vol. 37, no. 2, March-April 2007.

'Yuan Ceramics: The Arts Under the Mongols,' Arts of Asia, vol. 36, no. 6, November-December 2006.

'Qianlong: The Imperial Collector,' Arts of Asia, vol. 36, no. 2, March-April 2006.

'Perfection in Style: Arts of the Yongzheng Emperor,' Arts of Asia, vol. 35, no. 6, November-December 2005.