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Cloisonné is a decorative technique in which pieces of enamel, glass, or precious stones are inlayed into a surface, usually bordered with copper or golden wire. Cloisonné is usually applied to pieces of metalwork. In a Himalayan context, cloisonné was sometimes employed by court workshops in China for the creation of colorful Tibetan Buddhist images and ritual paraphernalia in the Mongol Yuan, Chinese Ming, and Manchu Qing dynasties to ornament temples in Tibetan, Chinese, and Mongolian regions.