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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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Necklace A

Necklace A

This beautiful black and white necklace is made out of quailed horns and glass beads. These types of necklaces were usually worn by women to …


Koakoa, a weapon

Koakoa (battle axe) is made from iron and wood. It was used by warriors in the battlefield.

Thaba Bosiu

Thaba Bosiu 1845

A drawing of Thaba-Bosiu, the citadel of Moshoeshoe the Great, as it appeared in 1845. Thaba-Bosiu was occupied by Moshoeshoe and his followers from 1824 …

Petrified Wood

Petrified wood

Petrified wood from Thaba-Ts’oeu in Mohale’s Hoek District. Ancient trees, like bones, can become hard like stone if mineral salts found in water gradually infiltrate …

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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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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