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The nature of the artifact here is largely a guess. It is a round, light-colored frame enclosing a dark center with highlights suggesting that it is both convex and extremely reflective. A larger object with similar properties is seen in the series of "Senses" tapestries (not included here) under "Sight", where it seems clearly intended to be a mirror. A small hand-mirror seems somewhat unlikely for an actual shepherdess, but the people in these two tapestries (which appear to be part of a set) the "shepherds" are awfully well-dressed in general, and as an accessory for "noble people playing at being shepherds", a mirror might not be quite so out of place.
scene of hunting and shepherding #1
scene of hunting and shepherding #2
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