The ivory work began in prehistoric times around 20,000 B.C.But not many ivory works were produced until about 8000 B.C., when the ancient Egyptians set up shop to carve ivory. The art of ivory spread through western Asia to other continents along the Mediterranean Sea.Ancient people regarded ivory as precious as gold and jewels.Around 2800 B.C., jewelry boxes and furniture were decorated with ivory in EgyptThe ancient Greeks made huge gods and goddesses out of gold and ivory.The Romans made rain buttons, hair, ornaments, furniture, etc.The ivory carvings flourished in Europe between 500 and 1,000 years agoThe artists of the Byzantium Empire carved decorative plates, bookcases, jewelry boxes, etc. in relief under the theme of Christianity.By the 13th century, ivory sculptures had become smaller and three-dimensional.In the 15th and 16th centuries, ivory chips declined as the Ottoman Empire blocked trade routes for ivory from Asia. In the 17th and 18th centuries, when Europeans brought ivory back from Africa, the ivory sculptures came back to life.Boxes, winepresses, vases, and other elaborate patterns depicting mythological themes were carved. In Asia, ivory sculptures were developed into works of art in 1766-1045.From 518 to 907, beautiful ivory sculptures were made for religious or personal use in aristocratic politics. tthe present ivory The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Plants covers the import and export of certain animals and their products.Trade in ivory is restricted under this treaty.There are many difficulties in tracking down illegal hunters and ivory merchants.poaching and other problems caused the number of elephants in Africa to drop by half in the late 1980s from about 120 million in the early 1980s.Generally speaking, ivory is being replaced by plastic.