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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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Lesira Veil

Lesira, a straw veil

Lesira is a veil usually drawn over the face of girl initiates. It is made out of straw with decorative beads. Girl initiates, smeared with …

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Stone Age 1

Stone Age 1

A good example of a bevelled stone tool found in the Lowlands of Lesotho.

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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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Lifela tsa Sione

Lifela tsa Sione

Lifela tsa Sione (The Hymns of Zion): An early edition of the hymnbook of the Protestant Church in Lesotho which is probably the most widely …

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Dinosaur Femur

Dinosaur femur

Femur (thigh bone) of a Prosauropod dinosaur, excavated at Maphutseng, Mohale’s Hoek District. It is one of hundreds of fossilised bones unearthed by Francois Ellenberger …

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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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