Caches of luxurious ivory jewellery and knives have been discovered in excavations at Ugarit and Megiddo, and may have been made from the tusks of Syrian elephants. Solomon's ships carried ivory amongst the varied cargo (1 Kgs. 10: 22) and the royal throne was inlaid with ivory (1 Kgs. 10: 18). Amos denounces the excesses of the rich who flaunt their wealth with ‘beds of ivory’ (Amos 6: 4). Ivory was sold by merchants in Rome in NT times, and is mentioned in Rev. 18. 12.