This head is from a rare early monumental image of the Buddha. Production of large-scale imagery began in this period throughout the Buddhist world. Such monumental Buddhas appear from Bamiyan in Afghanistan to Ajanta in western India. Although the snail-shell curls of the hair and the schematic treatment of the facial planes can be compared to Indian Gupta precedents, the stylistic development appears to follow a trajectory that relates more closely to local aesthetic concerns. The treatment of the eyes and mouth, as well as the shape of the head, is related to sculptures found at the Angkor Borei site of Vat Romlok.