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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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Brass/Copper Bracelet

Brass/Copper Bracelet

A heavy brass/copper bracelet worn by women as a form of decoration. Basotho obtained most of the copper they used through trade with other peoples, …

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Stone Age 7

Stone Age 7

A stone tool which was used by hunter-gatherers who lived in Lesotho long before mixed-farming communities og Nguni and Sotho arrived in the 16th century. …

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Drawing of Joshua Nau Makoanyane

Drawing of Joshua Nau Makoanyane

Drawing of Joshua Nau Makoanyane, Moshoeshoe’s close friend and military commander, made in 1845 by François Maeder. Maeder’s drawings are among the first images that …

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Candlestick

Wooden candlestick

An example of a beautifully carved wooden candlestick.

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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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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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