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Canoe cups were used by traveling canoeists to drink from the river or lake they were traversing. They come in many forms from simple to complex. This example is from Quebec and is late 19th or early 20th century. Those that made canoe cups often embellished the design - here it is carved in the form of a duck's head. The paintings on it show a moose, eagle, Indian head and a maple leaf. It is in excellent condition with a crazed surface showing it's age.