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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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Sebeto Ox Hide Skirt

Sebeto Ox Hide Skirt

Sebeto is a skirt made out of an ox hide. It is dyed in ochre and adorned with coloured glass beads, copper and buttons. …

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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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Early Stone Age Axe

Early Stone Age Axe

This is an axe from the early Stone Age found at the base of Thaba Bosiu. Although no Early Stone Age sites have clearly been …

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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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Seroto basket

Seroto basket

Seroto is a round grass basket used by women for holding corn or grain. These baskets were made from various types of grass. Small baskets …

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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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