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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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Map 1837

1837 Map

Map of the Thaba-Bosiu and Morija areas in 1836, as shown in the 1837 volume of Journal des Missions, the regular publication of the Partis …

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Stone Age 4

Stone Age 4

A sharp flint-like stone tool used for cutting.

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Thaba Bosiu

Thaba Bosiu 1845

A drawing of Thaba-Bosiu, the citadel of Moshoeshoe the Great, as it appeared in 1845. Thaba-Bosiu was occupied by Moshoeshoe and his followers from 1824 …

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Leeto La Mokreste

Leeto la Mokreste (Pilgrim’s Progress)

Leeto la Mokreste (Pilgrim’s Progress), translated into Sesotho by Adolphe Mabille and published in 1872. This classic Christian text is said to have been one …

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Brass/Copper Bracelet

Brass/Copper Bracelet

A heavy brass/copper bracelet worn by women as a form of decoration. Basotho obtained most of the copper they used through trade with other peoples, …

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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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