The inscriptions contain prayers and record the name of the owner of the jars, the High Priest Psamtik, and name each of the Four Sons of Horus and their respective responsible goddess. Other examples of complete sets with their lids are in the Museo Gregoriano Egizio, Vatican City (G. Botti and P. Romanelli, Le Sculture del Museo Gregoriano Egizio,
Vatican City, 1951, nos. 67-70), Liverpool Museum (P.Bienkowski and A. Tooley, Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in the Liverpool Museum,
1995, pl. 114), the A.V. Lane Collection, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Cairo, JE 85915, painted alabaster jars of Psusennes I, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (S. D’Auria, P. Lacovara, and C.H.Roehrig, Mummies & Magic, The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt,
Boston, 1998, no. 137); also compare Sotheby’s, New York, November 28th, 1990, no. 67 and December 15th, 2016, no. 7.
The Vanderbilt family traveled to Egypt in 1887, a journey which included the very young Harold Stirling Vanderbilt and his older sister Consuelo, later Duchess of Marlborough. Two albums of photographs by Antonio Beato, now housed at the University of California, were probably assembled to chronicle that trip.