Superb value! A beautiful solid wood bench from the 19th century south of China's YangZi River. Solid single board inset in "floating panel" structure. Such an ingenious design ensures sound structure in the event of top panel shrinks or expands due to humidity change. Cinched waist. Geometric accent bars. Classic hook legs. Finished on all sides. Timeless design works in all interiors. Extremely versatile piece to be used as table, bench, stand, and etc. Tenons and mortises.
The split on the top is NOT a defect. It is solid wood's natural reaction to climate change. Given sufficient humidity, the panel will expand to fill the gap. The bench is stable and solid.