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This article is about the item. For the episode, see "The Glass Ballerina".
The glass ballerina was owned by the Paik family, possibly by Mr. Paik. Sun accidentally broke it, but claimed that the maid did so. When Mr. Paik warned her that he would fire the maid if Sun continued to accuse her, Sun lied again and reiterated that the maid was responsible.
The breaking of the glass ballerina may represent Sun's willingness to harm others in favor of protecting herself at all costs. It could also signify Sun's broken youth or the irrevocable loss of purity and innocence, qualities symbolized by a ballerina.
The glass ballerina is used to parallel Jae Lee's suicide by jumping off a building, which would happen later in the episode.
The symbolism has also elicted fan theories that Sun may have been involved in Jae Lee's death, and was also reinforced by Sun shooting Colleen, the Other on the boat. However, on the Official Lost Podcast, writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse confirm that Jae Lee's death was suicide.
Despite her not being involved with Jae Lee's death, the dropping of the ballerina compared with the windshield that shattered as a result of his suicide may be symbolic due to both events occurring as a result of her unwillingness to take responsibility for her actions (her knocking over the ballerina, and her love affair with Jae Lee)
The ballerina prop used in the episode is a Swarovski Crystal figurine..