Perhaps there is a joint in the front or the back that we can’t see, but the legs appear to be simply glued together. The dowels that hold the “shelf” in place appear to be through the front leg only. This is not a terribly secure joint, but how long has this been in use? Maybe it is good enough? If I was going to make one, I think I would put a mortise in from the rear to join the 2 legs together. (Or at least some dowels which would keep with the current theme.) If it is a blind tenon (or dowels), it would never be seen from the front, but would still do a good job of strengthening the legs.
That actually looks like an accute angle bridle joint. I was just reading about them in William Fairham’s “Woodworking Joints”. It is free at gutenburg.org. Book talks about a lot of joint variations and houw to lay the out.
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Probably not Fig. 79, since there’s no tenon showing on the top, but possibly similar to Fig. 174, except then there’d be no space for the dowels. gutenberg.org
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