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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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Thuathe Meteorite

Thuathe Meteorite

A small piece of a meteorite which exploded over the Berea plateau on 21 July 2002. Hundreds of pieces of the meteorite have since been …

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Drawing of Eugene Casalis

Drawing of Eugene Casalis

Drawing of Eugene Casalis (Mahloana-Mats’oana), the advisor and friend of Moshoeshoe, as a young man in France before setting out for Southern Africa. He served …

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A seated woman carrying a pot

A clay statuette by Samuel Makoanyane of a woman seated with a clay pot. Makoanyane became famous during the 1930s and early 1940s for his …

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Sebeto Ox Hide Skirt

Sebeto Ox Hide Skirt

Sebeto is a skirt made out of an ox hide. It is dyed in ochre and adorned with coloured glass beads, copper and buttons. …

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Leeto La Mokreste

Leeto la Mokreste (Pilgrim’s Progress)

Leeto la Mokreste (Pilgrim’s Progress), translated into Sesotho by Adolphe Mabille and published in 1872. This classic Christian text is said to have been one …

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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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