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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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Painting C

Painting C

This painting shows a certain style of Basotho houses (mekhoro). Colourful blankets are drying in the foreground.

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Late Stone Age Tools

Late Stone Age Tools

These are tools of the late Stone Age from Thaba Bosiu.

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Drawing of Eugene Casalis

Drawing of Eugene Casalis

Drawing of Eugene Casalis (Mahloana-Mats’oana), the advisor and friend of Moshoeshoe, as a young man in France before setting out for Southern Africa. He served …

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Stone Age 6

Stone Age 6

A core from which stone tools were made by Stone Age peoples in Lesotho. This type of technology became more sophisticated with time, and ever …

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Drawing B

Drawing B

This charcoal drawing illustrates an old tale called ‘The times of the cannibals’. Cannibalism was prevalent during the 1820s as a result of the devastating …

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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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