12/31/2013 12:56 pm ET Updated Mar 02, 2014

82nd & Fifth: SHELLSHOCKED by Yassana Croizat-Glazer

Decorated with ceramic whelks, cockles, and moon snails, this mid-sixteenth century vessel reflects the period's fascination with exploring the natural world. "It reminds me of extraordinary vacations spent by the seashore," says curator Yassana Croizat-Glazer.

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