AP Art History : Identifying artists, works, or schools of Oceanian architecture

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Art History

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Oceanian Architecture

What temple resembles a mandala when viewed from above and where is it located?

Possible Answers:

Temple of Borobudur, Sri Lanka

Temple of Borobudur, Indonesia

Isurumuniya, Sri Lanka

Mendut Temple, Indonesia

Mendut Temple, Sri Lanka

Correct answer:

Temple of Borobudur, Indonesia


The Temple of Borobudur was built by Śailendra Dynasty on the island of Java in Indonesia. It is built like a three-dimensional mandala which played a part in the concept of a path in Buddhism.

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