I recently purchased an early zunari kabuto which has one or two small tabs of about 3 cm. X 1 cm. running vertically on the interior near the koshimaki. At first I thought that they were there to help join the plates together, but I was wondering if anyone had any other theories or knows what these might be for. They're very similar to the tabs seen in this Yahoo listing I just came across - bottom pictures:
I see that could be the case with the kabuto in the link I provided. However, on my kabuto, there are no wakidate prongs and the tabs are located to the rear of the kabuto about 4/5ths of the way back.
I took a picture but it's terrible because there's only a small tear in the ukebari. In fact, I can just barely make out the tab with my naked eye much less take a good picture. Anyway, it looks pretty much like the tabs on the other kabuto.
Yes, it could be a modification but if so, what's it for?
Post by Dave Thatcher on Apr 14, 2017 21:18:10 GMT
Sorry no idea John. Maybe its had some adaptions over the years? But I think the kabuto is edo, shikoro looks married at some point. I have some early zunari and they have a very straight back, then into a rounded and higher curve. I like the kokuso mayu!
I think sengoku due to the slightly higher crown, depth of the mabezashi and the state/edge of the plates on the interior. Also, the slight medial ridge and the length of the kokuso mayu say Momoyama to me.
Nice Find John, I am gald you got it, because it means that I am starting to have a good eye on buys, since I was one of the guys that was bidding for it t the beginning of the auction. I really liked it ( I had to back down on a nice hambo). One day, infront of a nice Campari will you whisper in my ear how much was the final price! Chapeau my friend. M