A late 19th century Chinese cypress wood well bucket from Shaanxi Province has great folk appeal, with its heavy iron fittings and interesting shape. This is a very sturdy piece made to carry large quantities of water from the village well. The bottom comes to a point and fits inside a simple wood stand, a clever design that holds the heavy bucket secure yet allows it to be tipped to pour water. The cypress staves are narrowed and shaped inward to form the bottom point, and the problem of making such a design watertight was solved by capping the wood point with a second wood point rimmed in iron. A heavy iron ring at the top of the handle suggests that two such buckets may have been balanced at each end of a pole, although when filled with water they would have made an exceptionally heavy load. The iron ring also would have allowed the bucket to be suspended by rope from a ceiling for storage rather than placed on the stand. The wood and iron fittings are nicely worn and aged, and the piece is in solid condition. Dimensions of the bucket on the stand: height 23” (59 cm), diameter 19 (48 cm).