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The butter lamp is cast with a Jingtai six-character mark reign mark: 'Da Ming Jingtai Nian Zhi' (made in the great Ming dynasty Jingtai reign).<br />
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Spread the word - Unique Tibetan butter lamp expected to sell for a whopping £2million.<br />
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The enormous bronze lamp, weighing a staggering 53 stone, was made for a Chinese emperor Yingzong 560 years ago.<br />
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The lamp, which stands at 3ft 4ins tall, was one of several commissioned by the Ming Dynasty Emperor, who ruled from 1450 to 1457.<br />
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His reign was fairly controversial and his legitimacy was questioned so he invited Buddhist Tibetan leaders to his court and gave them magnificent gifts to curry favour.<br />
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The lamp was used to light the Tasilhunpo monastry in Shigatse in Tibet using yak butter as fuel.<br />
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The religious relic is now being sold by Bonhams in London on May 17th.