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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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Iron Age 1

Iron Age 1

Beautiful piece of decorated pottery from Khalo-la-botau in the eastern Free State. It is not unusual to find among older ruins broken pottery with more …

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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 …

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Painting C

Painting C

This painting shows a certain style of Basotho houses (mekhoro). Colourful blankets are drying in the foreground.

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Wooden Sculpure

Sculptures

This wooden sculpture is part of a collection of 7 objects created by Thabo Mautsoa in the 1970s. They were sculpted from teak railway ties …

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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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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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