cushion, used for beds, couches, and litters, whether a cervical,
to support the head in beds, or a cubital,
to support the arm on couches. The stuffing
was usually of feathers [LECTUS
p. 18 b
]; the covering often of bright coloured
silk (Hor. Epod.
8, 15; Mart.
). The pillow was supported on a raised framework (which is shown
in the woodcut on p. 15), sometimes being merely the end of the torus, or
mattress, passed over this framework. Mr. Anderson (Class.
3.323) has shown good reason for thinking that fulcrum, fulcra,
usually taken to mean legs
of the bedstead, really meant this support of
the pillow, often richly carved (Juv. 11.95
Ov. Pont. 3.3
). For the sacred pulvinar, see LECTISTERNIUM