Pail and Mahala
Farming and Ploughing Instruments
The pail is a large, conical bucket made of animal skins, such as oxen. It is used for picing up water from deep wells to irrigate gardens and trees. The pail is connected by a thick rope – pulled by a person or by an animal that rotates on a large circular pulley made of wood called the Mahala. Gharab is the water that falls between the well and the basin.
On the authority of Ali bin Abi Talib, [crops] that are irrigated by means of ropes and pails, one half of one tenth is due. Narrator: Al-Daraqutni