Rubin Bass Violin Case

During the Reservation Period in the late nineteenth century, Native Americans were exposed to many Euro-American ways, some of which they adopted. This elaborate beaded violin case bears the initials R and B, which stand for the name of its owner, Rubin Bass. The symbolism and beaded style are representative of the work done by Brule Sioux in South Dakota. "Rubin Bass, Elk Falls, Feb. 11, 1891" in inscribed in deer hide on the back of the violin case.