The art of cloisonné enamel dates back thousands of years, having first originated in ancient Egypt. It is believed that in Japan they began to use this technique since the 7th century. Japanese craftsmen have achieved unprecedented perfection in the art of creating products from cloisonne enamel and have brought many innovations to it. One variation of this technique is called musen shippo, where “shippo” means “the seven treasures of Buddhism”: gold, silver, lapis lazuli, crystal, pearls, coral and agate. This word emphasizes that the work of enamellers is comparable in beauty to these treasures.
At the initial stage of work, musen shippo is similar to cloisonne enamel: the master also lays out the wire on the surface of the product. Then the cells are filled with slip. However, just before firing, the wire partitions are removed. As a result of enamel sintering, soft patterns with blurred, fuzzy boundaries are obtained. This technique is very good for creating landscape images.