Courtesy the Cyprus Department of Antiquities

“Woe,” warned Amos, “to those who lie upon beds of ivory … ” (Amos 6:4). The ivory bed shown here, uncovered in a royal tomb at Salamis, Cyprus, dates to Amos’s own time, the eighth century B.C. Such ivory beds, actually couches decorated with ivory inlays and used by the sprawling guests at the marzeah, represented an especially extravagant use of the costly ivory.