This is an ancient Assurian ivory headboard carved with images of the deities that may have visited the "sleeper" during the night hours.
The abundance of luxury beds that have been discovered shed light on the importance of the bed and the spendour of the rich.
Amos 6:4 decries the rich who "were at ease in Zion" reclinging on their luxury beds; "that lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches..." and were dull to the impending woes and destruction that was coming and had turned a deaf ear to the poor, and were in fact, oppressing them. Stretched upon their immaculate beds of ivory and carved couched with inlaid jewels, they feasted without fear in the choice flock and herd, and listened to enchanting musical instruments. Here, beds depict the stupor of sleep as a symbol of dullness to reality.
Phoencian trade ships that spread throughout the Mediterranean Sea sold ivory furniture and beds like this one that have been discovered from the Straits of Gibraltar, Spain, Carthage, Rome, Italy, Asia Minor, Africa, and Israel and Palestine.
Nahum prophesies of the coming destruction of Assyrian (2:9) and says, "Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for their is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleassant furniture."
Here is an ancient Etrsucan couch (c. 800 B.C.) that depict the high turned post legs that were common in many ancient beds of the wealthy people and rulers.
An Etruscan funerary momument depicts a reclining couch.
Notice the criss cross wooden support of this 2000 year old Roman bed. The mattress set atop this bed platform.
This ancient Roman sofa looks just like the day bed from the 20th century.