06/20/2013 06:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

82nd & Fifth: GRATITUDE by J. Kenneth Moore

Decorated with sixty cranes in gold and silver, and wild geese flying all over it, this koto represents a crouching dragon. "This object has art, it has music, it's got myth, but behind all that there's a very human story," says curator J. Kenneth Moore.

Listen to an example of koto music and take a closer look at the instrument.