The stylistic traits of the Longmen syle are highly consistent in the portrayal of a more wordly and sensuous expression tempered by spiritual tranquility. The facial features of both Buddhas and Bohisattvas alike exhibit similar treatments of the heavily-lidded eyes, fleshy cheeks and lips set in invitingly serence smiles without the spiritual distance inherent in the Tianlongshan style.
Cf. a Buddha head from the Collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated by C.K. Chan, Lost Statues of Longmen Caves, col. pl. 56 from the central Laigutai cave, although the treatment of the hair differs, the treatment of the face is very closely related. A head of Bodhisattva in the collection of the author, illustrated in op. cit., pl. 69 is closely related. Compare also with the head of Guanyin sold in these Rooms, 28 April 1996, lot 565 with similar features.
Another two Buddha heads from Longmen are illustrated in the Avery Brundage Collection, Chinese, Korean and Japanese Sculpture, among the largest of all Longmen heads nos. 104 and 106 which are remarkably consistent to this lot.