This scene is entitled Noli me tangere and depicts Christ resurrected, appearing to the weeping Mary Magdalene who stood before his empty grave. The spade is in reference to her first mistaking him as a gardener.
After the Barberini workshop closed in 1683 there was no tapestry workshop in Rome until Pope Clemens XI (d. 1721) founded a manufactory in the San Michele hospice in 1710. The atelier was initially under the directorship of Jean Simonet, who had been brought in from Paris, but disputes between the weavers and Simonet led to his resignation and Pietro Ferloni taking his place in 1717. The workshop was mainly commissioned to execute tapestries for cleric patrons and a large number of smaller panels, such as this one, were specifically commissioned from Popes as presents to high dignitaries. The workshop closed for twenty years when the French invaded Rome in 1798.
The design of this tapestry is from the circle of Federico Barocci (d. 1612).