486 IVORY AND THE ELEPHANT
weighing but an ounce less, measured 7 ft. 7 in. in length. The average
weight for each of the 80 tusks was 8-1/2 pounds and the average length
5 ft. 9 in.
ivory is such an enduring material, the writer suggests its use for
short memorial inscriptions, engraved on a small, artistically designed
tablet, to be placed in the hand of a deceased person and interred with
the body, thus providing a lasting and beautiful record of the
identity, birthplace, and dates of birth and death.