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Cloisonné (kloi-zə-ˈnā) is a unique art form that originated in Beijing during the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368). In the period titled 'Jingtai' during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), the emperor who was very much interested in bronze-casting techniques, improved the color process, and created the bright blue that appealed to the Oriental aesthetic sense.
In many ways, cloisonné is similar to stained glass: both are intricate techniques in which images are built up by arranging colored panels separated by metal dividers. In the case of cloisonné, the panels are bounded by silver or gold wires called cloisons, French for "partitions."