For another example of a Northern Wei head, see one in the collection of the Musée Cernuschi, illustrated in Gilles Beguin, 'Chinese Buddhist Sculpture at the Musée Cernuschi', Arts of Asia, July-August 2011, pl. 4, p. 65. The Buddha in a Northern Wei stele illustrated in Saburo Matsubara, Chinese Buddhist Sculpture, Tokyo, 1966, pl. 74A, displays the attenuated form, narrow face, long ears and large ushnisha, typical of the Northern Wei style. In addition, the the hair is carved with a central whorl and wavy lines, as in the present lot. This style can also be seen in Northern Wei bronzes, such as the one illustrated in Denise Patry Leidy and Donna Straham, Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Haven, 2010, p. 66, no. 7a.