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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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Candlestick

Wooden candlestick

An example of a beautifully carved wooden candlestick.

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Baptismal Register

Baptismal Register

Baptismal Register for Thaba-Bosiu Parish, recording the baptism of the famous prophetess Anna Mantsopa (Manshupa) #349 on 13 March 1870, the day that Moshoeshoe was …

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Belt

Belt

This belt worn by men is made of leather, possibly oxhide, and decorated with glass beads.

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Iron Age 1

Iron Age 1

Beautiful piece of decorated pottery from Khalo-la-botau in the eastern Free State. It is not unusual to find among older ruins broken pottery with more …

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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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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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