An art form originating in the Middle East and elevated in China (after its arrival there in the 13th and 14th centuries), the cloisonné technique adorns copper, bronze, or brass objects with copper wire designs. The resulting cells are then filled with enamel, fired in a kiln and polished, creating a harmonious contrast between the gleaming metal and the jewel-hued enamel. Cloisonné vases, boxes, and tea canisters can be found in our Freer Gallery of Art. Additionally, the Gallery's collections include two Meiji era Japanese wood block prints with hummingbirds. A gift to the nation from Charles Lang Freer, the Freer Gallery contains the world’s most important collections of Asian art.