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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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Koakoa, a weapon

Koakoa (battle axe) is made from iron and wood. It was used by warriors in the battlefield.

George Tlali

George Tlali Moshesh

George Tlali Moshesh, copy of his own written accounts of Lesotho history in 1858, which he composed for Sir George Grey while studying as a …

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, …

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 …


Wooden candlestick

An example of a beautifully carved wooden candlestick.


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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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