"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
Public DomainAfrica. 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.