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Photo: Dagger man

10 January 2014

Dagger man: a Balinese wooden kris (dagger) holder, probably 19th-century, in a European blackamoor style, is one of the few affable-looking figures among the more than 1000 artefacts illustrated in a book full of swords, daggers, rifles, and other finely made but lethal items: Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A lifetime's passion by Robert Hales, who has supplied many museums with such pieces (Robert Hales, £85; 978-0-9926315-0-5; available from www.roberthales.co.uk)

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