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Old Kuksa with wonderful Folk Art Carving -Beautiful and useful Wooden Cup from the Norse-land.
This Kuksa has been carved with wonderful Scandinavian detail on the handle and also around the rim. It has a flattened bottom for stability when it is set down on the ground or other surfaces without fear of spilling. It is an Estate find, so it is impossible to accurately know age-but the wood is nicely oxidized so I am guessing 40-50s (may be older-newer)
This is a good sized cup measuring~8 3/4 inches x 5 inches x 2 3/4 inches.

The Kuksa traditionally is the special drinking cup of hunters and Laplanders in Finland and other Nordic Regions. It is a hand carved drinking cup usually made from birch burl. The Natives of these cold climates usually have a personal kuksa which stays with them throughout their lifetime and have been used by these peoples for as long as anyone can remember.
Kuksas are used by their outdoorsy owners for everything they drink; coffee, tea, vodka and water from the stream. The cup will not retain the flavors from previous drinks so they never need to be scoured, a quick rinse is all that is ever required.

Kuksas are made of carefully selected wood and uniquely treated with salt. This makes them durable and long lasting while being light enough to carry in a backpack or tied on a belt.

Kuksa are made from renewable materials and so it is a true nature friendly product.

One particularly good reason the kuksa is such an important part of life in the icy regions is that they are tough and can be thrown around without much fear of breakage. It is also going to be of more comfort to you when drinking without the container becoming scalding hot with coffee or tea, and since wood is a good insulator, and you can drink your beverage while it's still hot enough and since you can hold it with bare hands, your hands will warm up against the cup. A hot drink is supposed to warm from the outside as well as from inside this cup allows that t happen, and the same reason holds true for use when you take a kuksa out from your frozen pack it isn't going to numb your hands with an icy cold surface. In sub-zero temperatures touching metals should be avoided so wood has been the perfect solution for thousands of years.

***Holiday Gifting Note~ This makes a great gift for the Outdoors lover in your life since a Kuksa is more than a drinking cup, it's a lifelong companion which does not require any special care.
A Kuksa would make a great camping or bushcraft cup that should last forever~ but......don't forget to also give them a bottle of brandy to go with it, as traditionally Kuksa are christened with coffee and cognac!

** great condition no burns, cracks or dings-there is what looks like a filled hole at bowl end. (does not look bad or affect cup.)

Kuksa Nordic Carved Wood Folk Art - Wooden Laplander Cup Designed For Forest And Camping


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: wood
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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