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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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Necklace

Lepetu – Necklace

This heavy copper or brass necklace was worn by both men and women. The largest necklace was usually worn by those of chiefly descent. …

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Drawing A

Drawing A

This charcoal drawing depicts the tale called ‘Lesika la thole’.

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Basutoland National Council 1910

1910 Debates of the Basutoland National Council

Debates of the Basutoland National Council, 1910, with specific reference to the terms and safeguards requested of Great Britain …

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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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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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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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