"Three different genres of tchitcheri may be distinguished by their patronage, contextual placement, scale, and degree of
abstraction. The smallest of these,
yendu tchitcheri, are placed in personal shrines, which all adults possess. They do not
represent any particular person or ancestor but are considered an individual's direct link with God.

Middle-size
bawoong tchitcheri (between 10"-35" high) are designed for household shrines situated prominently in the vestibule
of a family compound. These figures represent recent ancestors, such as the parents or grandparents of current compound
leaders (no more than three or four generations removed), whom the diviner advises the family to petition. Because the figures
correspond to known ancestors, they are more detailed in representing bodily and facial features.