Filed under: Art, Home and Garden. Tagged as: Christmas, christmas decor, christmas ornaments.
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.
Each ornament is delicately hand-painted through a tiny opening in the mouth-blown glass.
This Process requires great skill and deliberation since the image is painted in reverse.
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.