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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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Mokeke

Mokeke bowl

Mokeke is a carved wooden bowl with a spoon. It is used by women and girls for serving food.

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Stone Age 7

Stone Age 7

A stone tool which was used by hunter-gatherers who lived in Lesotho long before mixed-farming communities og Nguni and Sotho arrived in the 16th century. …

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A woman carrying clay pot

A woman carrying a pot

A clay statuette of a woman carrying a clay pot by Samuel Makoanyane.

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Lefisoana Clay Pot

Lefisoana Clay Pot

Lefisoana is a small clay pot used by women and girls for fetching water from the well. Pottery was usually done by women.

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Phalo

Phalo, a skin scraper

This skin scraper is used by men for preparing cow hides.

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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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