This 1907 Gottfried Lindauer painting shows Māori children playing knucklebones. The game had a range of Māori names including ruru, kōruru, kai makamaka, tutukai and ruke. As with most Māori games there were special chants to go with the different stages of play.
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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil on canvas by Gottfried Lindauer, 1907
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