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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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Morija Museum & Archives Objects - 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 …

Morula Milk Pale

Morula Milk Pail

Morula is a wooden milk pail carved out of wood, originally from the wild plum tree (morua). Morula trees do not grow in the Free …

Moropa Drum

Moropa drum

Moropa is a drum that played during initiation rites. Music and dance are integral to many ceremonies and rituals.

Iron Age 4

Iron Age 4

A sherd of pottery from the Iron Age.

Stone Age 5

Stone Age 5

A stone tool used by hunter-gatherers who knew their environment extremely well and were adept at utlising available resources. The Baroa (Bushmen or San) were …


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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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