Tchitcheri Figure - Moba People - Ghana and Togo
TITLE: Tchitcheri Figure
COUNTRY: Ghana and Togo
DESCRIPTION: In advising individuals, families, or clans, Moba diviners
prescribe tchitcheri figures to fortify their clients and improve
Such works increase the efficacy of the ritual
actions performed at shrines by calling forth positive ancestral
They are protective and promote health and
prosperity on a range of different levels.
When a particular
problem disrupted an individual's life, diviners often
recommended the addition of a figurative work to that
person's private altar.
Similarly, problems of broader
concern, such as diseased livestock, poor harvests, or
infertility, often led diviners to prescribe that a larger work
be commissioned for a family shrine.
Dimensions: 37in. tall or 38.75in. tall on its 9in.-square base