Hints of Aegean civilization have now been uncovered at sites in Egypt and the Near East, suggesting significant contact and influence among these distant ancient peoples in the second millennium B.C.

The Aegean artists who produced these works may have been involved in a royal exchange program; in some periods, rulers would lend their own palace artisans to other rulers in foreign lands. It is also possible, however, that these artists traveled and worked independently, unattached to a palace or ruler.