Mario Matteucci, courtesy the Cyprus Museum

Found smashed in a tomb at Salamis, on the southern coast of Cyprus, this restored bed dates to the eighth century B.C., roughly 200 years after the time of Solomon. Ivory veneers cover the wood frame. The carved headboard may have been plated with gold, in a style similar to ivories discovered at Megiddo that date to the 13th century B.C. Plating ivory with gold was a fashion in luxury furniture long before and after Solomon’s time.