Archaeological research in Mycenean palaces, cemeteries and settlements has brought to light a multitude of objects related to beautification. They date from all the phases of the Bronze Age and especially from the LBA. Most of these objects were found in prehistoric cemeteries, not because they were exclusively purposed for burial use but, as they were buried in the earth, they were carefully conserved. At the same time, such objects in palaces or houses were either destroyed by natural causes or stolen by humans.
Objects of everyday use were used as grave goods to facilitate the “life” of their owners after death.
The rich series of beautification instruments and utensils deriving from the Cretomycenean area displays mirrors, combs, hook-shaped pins, small elegant knives, pyxides, hairpins, razors and minute vases for perfumes, creams and pigments.