Ivory has been valued from the earliest times. In Solomon's day the Israelites imported it from Ophir (1Ki 10:22): it was used in the decorations of palaces (1Ki 22:39). The 'tower of ivory' (Song 7:4) may also have been a building decorated with ivory. Solomon had a throne of ivory (1Ki 10:18-20). 'Beds of ivory,' such as are mentioned in Am 6:4, were, according to a cuneiform inscription, included in the tribute paid by Hezekiah to Sennacherib.
E. W. G. Masterman.