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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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Lerumo Spear

Lerumo Spear

Lerumo – a long spear used as a weapon by warriors. It was a great honour for a warrior to return from battle with his …

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Iron Age 4

Iron Age 4

A sherd of pottery from the Iron Age.

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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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Sefatla Leather Shoe

Sefatla Leather Shoe

Sefatla is a shoe made of leather, with laces, and traditionally worn by men. To make this type of shoe, a cowhide was scraped, dried, …

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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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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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