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Beds and Headrests 

I have covered my bed with coloured linens from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. (Proverbs 7:16-17)
 
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Wooden Bed

 

Date: c. 2400 BC

Place: Egypt

 

Photographed at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

 

Note the legs in the shape of bull legs and hooves. The wooden slats are modern. The bed would have had a mattress stuffed with reed or grass.

 

When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people. (Genesis 49:33)

 

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Bed

 

Date: Mid 2nd Millennium BC.

Place: Thera [Santorini, Greece]

 

Photographed at the National Archeological Museum of Athens, Athens, Greece.

 

Made from a cast, pouring plaster into cavities in the volcanic ash.

 

 

 

Bed Models - One with Naked Lady

 

Date: 2000 – 1800 BC

Place: Tell Asmar (bed on left)

 

Photographed at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

 

Domestic area at Nippur (bed on right)

 

 

 

Grave Goods Including a Bed

 

Date: 2200 – 1570 BC. Middle Bronze Age.

Place: Tomb P19, North Jericho, Israel

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England. 

 

Excavated between 1952 and 1958 by Kathleen Kenyon

 

 

 

Terracotta Model of a Woman Sleeping on a Bed

 

Date: 3rd century BC

Place: possibly Eretria [Greece]

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England. 

 

I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. (Luke 17:34)

 

 

Couch and Footstool with Bone Carvings and Glass Inlays (restored)

 

Date: 1 – 2 century AD

Place: Imperial Villa of the Emperor Lucius Verus on the Via Cassia outside Rome.

 

Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.

 

Reassembled from fragments found during excavations at the villa. The bed is decorated with scenes from Roman legends.

 

You lie on beds adorned with ivory   and lounge on your couches. You dine on choice lambs and fattened calves. (Amos 6:4)

 

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Bed of Queen Hetepheres (Reproduction)

 

Date: Original - c. 2600 BC.

Place: Original – Tomb of Queen Hetepheres, Giza, Egypt

 

Photographed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts  USA.

 

The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. (Exodus 8:3)

 

 

 

Bed of Queen Hetepheres (Reproduction)

 

Date: Original - c. 2600 BC.

Place: Original – Tomb of Queen Hetepheres, Giza, Egypt

 

Photographed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts  USA.

 

 

 

 

Travertine Head Rest

 

Date: Unknown

Place: Egypt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts  USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wooden Head Rest

 

Date: 1427 – 1352 BC

Place: Tomb 94, Qustul, Nubia

 

Photographed at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.