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Hajnalka Pejsue Elias

Hajnalka  Pejsue Elias

Ph.D. Candidate in Chinese Studies



2014 -       FAMES, Cambridge University
                 Ph.D. Candidate in Chinese Studies

2013-14    FAMES, Cambridge University
                M.Phil. in Chinese Studies

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 research examines the issue of regionalism and regional identity in the southwest territories of China, in particular the area occupied by the former Shu and Ba cultures of present-day Sichuan, during the Eastern Han dynasty (25 – 220 A.D.). The originality of this research primarily lies in its methodology, which combines analysis of both local material culture and early textual sources. This approach bridges two fields of study, art history and cultural history, which have often been pursued separately because of their distinct approaches. I also use analysis by environmental historians in order to understand how people of this region both shaped and were shaped by their environment at this early stage in time. 


Other Professional Activities

Work Experience

2000-2013 Sotheby's, London, U.K.

  • Deputy Director 
    Senior International Researcher and Archivist for 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

Publications: Book

Elias, Hajnalka 薛好佩 (2015). Zhongguo yishu pin jingyan lu: Aisikanaqi de huiyi 中國藝術 品經眼錄: 埃斯卡納齊的回憶. Shanghai: Shanghai shuhua chubanshe.

Elias, Hajni and Giuseppe Eskenazi (2012). A Dealers Hand. The Chinese Art World through the Eyes of Giuseppe Eskenazi, London: Scala Publishers.

Publications: Articles

Elias, Hajni (2016). The Chow Family Donation of Rhinoceros Horn Carvings in the Shanghai Museum,” Arts of Asia, vol. 46 no. 1, 63-71. Also to be translated and published in Chinese by the Shanghai Museum in 2016.

Elias, Hajni (2015). “In the Path of Tao Qian: Chrysanthemum Wares of the Yongzheng Emperor,” Arts of Asia, vol. 45 no. 3, 68-81.

Elias, Hajni (2013), “Chinese Monk’s Cap Ewers: A Story of Religious, Political and Cultural Relations,” Arts of Asia, vol. 45 no. 3, 100-109.

Elias, Hajni (2008). “A Man’s Quest for the Beautiful. The Barlow Collection at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom,”Arts of Asia, vol. 38 no. 6, 88-109.

Elias, Hajni (2008). “A New Beginning. Imperial Art of the Yongle Period,”Arts of Asia, vol. 38 no. 3, 118-133.

Elias, Hajni (2007). “In Search of China’s Ceramic Past. A Visit to Jingdezhen and Laohudong,” Arts of Asia, vol. 37 no. 2, 144-150.

Elias, Hajni (2006). “Yuan Ceramics: The Arts Under the Mongols,”Arts of Asia, vol. 36 no. 6, 80-93.

Elias, Hajni (2006). “Qianlong: The Imperial Collector,” Arts of Asia, vol. 36 no. 2, 66-84.

Elias, Hajni (2005). “Perfection in Style: Arts of the Yongzheng Emperor,”Arts of Asia, vol. 35 no. 6, 72-83.