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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

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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Thethana Skirt

Thethana Skirt

Thethana is a skirt for girls and women made of fibre with beads for decoration.

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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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Qibi

Qibi

Qibi – a rounded stone carved by the Bushmen (Baroa) in which a stick was inserted. It was used for various tasks, including for example …

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Iron Age 3

Iron Age 3

These large sherds of pottery are examples of remains that are commonly found in older settlements across Lesotho. They can often help us to understand …

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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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