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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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Drawing F

Drawing F

This drawing shows Basotho women doing the Mokhibo dance.

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Painting B

Painting B

This painting shows two people wearing Basotho blankets, one of them with a walking stick and a conical hat typical of Lesotho. The woman carries …

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Moseme

Moseme, a woven mat

Moseme is a mat woven from grass. Larger mats were often used for sleeping or sitting while smaller mats (like the one in this image) …

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Drawing H

Drawing H

This drawing by Tsepiso Lesenyeho illustrates stick fighting, a common past-time among shepherds in Lesotho and other parts of the wider region.

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Morija Museum & Archives Objects - Quartz

Quartz

Large clear or white quartz crystals (mahakoe in Sesotho) are commonly found in seams in the basalt formations in the mountains of Lesotho. Quartz, whether …

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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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