Crab from Muranoglas

Animal figurine, Venice, Italy, 2017, murano glass.
Private Collection

It was not only shipping that benefited from the construction of the Suez Canal. Fish, snails and mollusks suddenly got the chance to leave their ancestral biotope. Some crossed the canal forever. The small hermit crab from Murano is merely metaphorically related to the “Lessepsian migration”. A Venetian glassblower is currently working on a collection of all those sea creatures that migrated at that time. (The relationship between Venetian glass art and global maritime trade is a separate topic).