English embroidery, invariably worked by the ladies of the house would often depict biblical scenes conveying appropriate lessons on the role and status of women in society in accord with the Protestant teachings of the day. Cautionary tales, such as the Judgement of Paris that warned of the dangers of Vanity and the choice of earthly pleasures over more Godly pursuits, were also typical. Some of the more usual exemplary biblical role models depicted in such embroidery included Judith, Abigal and Susanna. Design sources for such depictions came from a wide variety of sources, including prints, paintings, enamels and even literature such as Thomas Heywood's The Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts of Nine of the Most Worthy Women of the World.
A closely related example, worked with the Judgement of Paris and dated 1659, is in the Burrell Collection that is embroidered with the same composition (L. Arthur, Embroidery at the Burrell Collection: 1600-1700, 1995, fig. 41-42, pp. 63-65). A further related casket decorated with scenes for the Life of Isaac, is in the Lady lever Art Gallery (illustrated in X. Brooke, The Lady Lever Art Gallery: Catalogue of Embroideries, 1992, pp. 179-181). Though the latter casket is decorated with biblical scenes, the interior also displays a hand-colored print to the central well, as with the present casket. A closely related casket, also displaying a hand-coloured print to the central well, was sold anonymously; Christie's, New York, 16 April 2002, lot 66 ($32,265).