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The bronze face to ward off evil spirits

16 November 2012 Last updated at 14:14 GMT

London's Royal Academy has been celebrating thousands of years of fine bronze sculpture in an exhibition of work by some of the world's greatest artists.

Andrew Graham-Dixon went on a tour of the show with gallery owner Danny Katz to look at some of the more unusual pieces including an ancient face to ward off evil spirits and a mask famously excavated by an archaeologist who insisted on working in his underpants.

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