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 Cote 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, to ensure a couple’s fertility, the statues are to be placed on either side of a doorway leading into a bedroom. 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.
Ripley’s Legendary African Fertility Statues have traveled around the world to every Ripley Odditorium three times since 1996. Taking a break on permanent display at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium, the statues are now back on tour!
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