This image is one of over 108,000 from the AMICA Library (formerly The Art Museum Image Consortium Library- The AMICO Library™), a growing online collection of high-quality, digital art images from over 20 museums around the world. offers subscriptions to this collection, the finest art image database available on the internet. EVERY image has full curatorial text and can be studied in depth by zooming into the smallest details from within the Image Workspace.
Preview the AMICA Library™ Public Collection in Luna Browser Now

  • Cultures and time periods represented range from contemporary art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works.
  • Types of works include paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, costumes, jewelry, furniture, prints, photographs, textiles, decorative art, books and manuscripts.

Gain access to this incredible resource through either a monthly or a yearly subscription and search the entire collection from your desktop, compare multiple images side by side and zoom into the minute details of the images. Visit for more information on the collection, click on the link below the revolving thumbnail to the right, or email us at .

Creator Nationality: African
Creator Name-CRT: Borana, Kenya
Title: Headrest
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1980
Creation End Date: 1980
Creation Date: 1980
Creation Place: Kenya, Africa
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furnishings
Materials and Techniques: wood
Dimensions: Height: 5 1/3"; width: 9 1/2"
Description: A man's three-legged wooden headrest carved from a branch positioned horizontally with the slightly flattened top as the platform. Three smaller branches radiate from the platform as legs. Two at one end in a V formation and one at the opposite end.
AMICA Contributor: Brooklyn Children's Museum
Owner Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
ID Number: 90.17
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 1990
Context: Headrests were given to young men after initiation as an indication of status and prestige. They were used to protect elaborate hairstyles and to elevate the head above dirt and away from insects during sleep, and were also used as stools. They were carried on journeys, and were valued personal property often passed on in families.
AMICA ID: BCM_.90.17
AMICA Library Year: 2003
Media Metadata Rights:

AMICA PUBLIC RIGHTS: a) Access to the materials is granted for personal and non-commercial use. b) A full educational license for non-commercial use is available from Cartography Associates at c) Licensed users may continue their examination of additional materials provided by Cartography Associates, and d) commercial rights are available from the rights holder.

Home | Subscribe | Preview | Benefits | About | Help | Contact
Copyright © 2007 Cartography Associates.
All rights reserved.