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Li Bien Ornaments

by Al - December 1st, 2010.
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Last year I did my annual after Christmas ornament shopping and I came across some gorgeous ornaments in my local Pier 1 Imports store. They are called “Li Bien“. It’s a Chinese phrase that means “inside”. The Li Bien ornament showcases the  age old skill of inside painting, which originated in the Qing Dynasty. It has been a respected Chinese art for over 200 Years.

Li Bien Ornament

Collection of Li Bien Ornaments

Each ornament is delicately hand-painted through a tiny opening in the mouth-blown glass.

Li Bien Santa Ornament

Ho, Ho, Ho

This Process requires great skill and deliberation since the image is painted in reverse.

Nativity Scene Each ornament is a genuine work of art and no two are alike. The result is a beautiful, one of a kind keepsake that I will enjoy for years to come.

Isn’t this nativity scene breathtaking?  That day when I walked into Pier 1 to check out the after Christmas special, I was immediately drawn to the 75% off sale. The ornaments ranged in price from 9.95 to 11.95 – you do the math – It was a bargain!

The heart shaped Li Bien Ornament is one of my favorites – I display them until Valentine’s day.

Li Bien Heart ornament

One of my favorites



8 Responses to Li Bien Ornaments

  1. I love the photos of your ornaments. Just lovely. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

  2. super cool!

    I love it!


  3. Those are so charming and my gosh, so amazing to be mouth blown and hand painted through a hole! The heart is my favorite too. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing these with us.

    Happy Rednesday,

  4. Wow, those are really beautiful. I can’t imagine how they can paint those-they really are works of art. Thanks for sharing them.

  5. What amazing little works or art these are! I’ve never heard of this process, but I can only imagine how hard it must be. I especially like the heart-shaped one.I haven’t been to a Pier 1 in ages, and I’m thinking it’s time for a visit!
    Happy REDnesday!

  6. These are such great ornaments – the technique is amazing!

    Have a great weekend,

  7. I was looking for this certain information for a long time.

  8. These are very beautiful and you can make the presentation even better by putting them on a glass shelf.

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