In 1993, Ripley’s acquired two African Fertility Statues—not knowing they would become some of our most popular exhibits.
Baulé tribesman of the West African nation of Côte D’Ivoire hand-carved the statues from ebony wood in the 1930s with primitive tools. They stand five feet high and weigh over 70 pounds each!
According to tribal legend, the statues are to be placed on either side of a doorway leading into a bedroom in order to ensure a couple’s fertility. If a woman or her spouse touches either statue as they enter the room, they will soon get pregnant. African legend does not specify where one should touch the statues to ensure fertility, but, for many, it does not seem to matter.