"He made friends with some of the great men of the clan and on one of his frequent visits to the neighbouring villages he had been presented with a carved elephant tusk, which was a sign of dignity and rank."
Africa. Ivory Coast. General view of the paper mill, showing in the background the lagoon which leads to the port of Abidjan - Credit: George Rodger
Ivory has been used for many centuries to make fine art and other goods, from piano keys to figurines. Elephant tusks are a major source of ivory, but the collection of it (since it involves killing the elephant, and led to poaching and heavy population depletion in the past) has been banned.