Hathor is the Ancient Egyptian goddesses who personifies the principles of love, rebirth and beauty.  She had many centers of worship but her main one were Dendera.

She is often depicted as a cow goddess with horns and her traditional votive offerings, amongst others, were such personal items as mirrors and cosmetic palettes. Not only were they offered to Hathor as gifts but she is often depicted in them as well.

In Ancient Egypt mirrors were made of polished metals, such as bronze and silver, and set into handles of faïence  ivory, bronze or even wood.

Mirror of Sat-Hathor-lunet

Mirrors were also used in religious rituals and were often associated with priestesses. However important ladies would have mirrors kept in their cosmetic chests.

Sarcophagus of Kawit, Deir el Bahari, now in Cairo Museum

Interested in ancient Egypt and beauty? I have posted about cosmetic spoons  and face cream recipes.