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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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Bushmen's necklace

Necklace E

A bushman necklace made out of white beads and typically worn by women as a form of decoration.

A woman carrying clay pot

A woman carrying a pot

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



Qibi – a rounded stone carved by the Bushmen (Baroa) in which a stick was inserted. It was used for various tasks, including for example …

Necklace B

Beaded Necklace

This colourful necklace is made of glass beads. Glass beads gradually replaced ostrich egg shell, clay and seeds. They were first introduced to the region …


Lepetu 2

This heavy metal necklace could only be removed with great difficulty, and therefore it was worn permanently.


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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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