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Morija Museum Collections

Morija Museum Collections feature prehistorical items, historical material and objects of ethnological interest as well as Basotho art.

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Lepetu 2

This heavy metal necklace could only be removed with great difficulty, and therefore it was worn permanently.

Painting A

Painting A

A typical rural scene which is characteristic of many of the pastel paintings by Tsepiso Lesenyeho, a well known artist in Lesotho.

Lesira Veil

Lesira, a straw veil

Lesira is a veil usually drawn over the face of girl initiates. It is made out of straw with decorative beads. Girl initiates, smeared with …

Tea Cup

Cup and saucer

The white and gold tea cup and saucer were a gift to King Moshoeshoe the Great by the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society. In honour of …

Bushmen's Stick

Bushman’s Stick

This bamboo stick, carved by the bushmen, is engraved with drawings of birds, antelopes, firearms, horses, and other objects. It is rare as only a …


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About Morija Museum Collections

Morija Museum exhibits range from the formation of the universe (Big Bang theory), to continental drift, geological formations, and dinosaur fossils, through to various hunter-gatherer cultures and then a great deal about the Basotho people, their history and culture, both material and intangible. Exhibits also include various large and smaller mammals that inhabit(ed) Lesotho, bird species, and reptiles. Art is also featured, including some of the outstanding sculptures of Samuel Makoanyane from the 1930s/early 1940s.

The Morija Archives contain tens of thousands of documents dating from the 1820s until the current time, focusing largely on Lesotho/the Basotho. These documents cover a very wide range of topics, and researchers from many disciplines have located valuable information here. A complete catalogue of documentation at the archives is being developed, and plans are underway to digitise the most important documents and place these on-line in order to facilitate research.

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