highlight(s): Brass bookends with a crude casting surface. Two types are available, FUNDO and KOMAGATA. Both are designed after Japanese traditional symbols or shapes. descriptions: The brass bookends are heavy in weight so that they can stably hold books. The bottom is lined with a felt so that it won't damage the surface on which the bookends are placed. FUNDO bookends have the shape of Japanese old-style weights which were used for scaling silk or silver currency in the EDO period. FUNDO shape is still alive as a map symbol for banks today. KOMAGATA is designed after the shape of the Japanese chess pieces, "koma." The surface of the bookends is IHADA-finished, a crude casting surface. The bookend gradually changes its color over the course of years due to oxidization. The longer it is used, the richer and subtler it becomes.