This kaleidoscope is named Odamaki – The Japanese name for the Columbine plant. This scope probably represents a Miyama Odamaki, the dwarf Fan Columbine, which is a domesticated version of an alpine Columbine found in Japan. The artist unveiled a parlor kaleidoscope at the 2017 Kyoto convention that was a wood scope with carved flowers (see picture in gallery). He also had a variety of small handheld scopes with hand carved flowers. We saw this scope and had to have it as my wife’s middle name is Columbine. There is a picture in the gallery of a Miyama Odamaki that Karen and I happened to find growing out of a rock wall in a small village in the mountains above Kyoto. The scope is not signed. The scopes are hand carved and it appeared that they were each one of a kind.
Yen, roughly equivalent to $450.00