Upon the discus the maker has depicted Cupid carrying the club of Herakles, the legendary hero. This representation was popular in the 1st to 3rd centuries and shows that love can overcome and subdue even the greatest hero. Cupid, a personification of love, has rendered Herakles useless, his club a metaphor for the hero’s strength and force.
Upon the reverse, the Maker’s mark, M NOV I V S T, can be seen. This refers to the tripartite name of the Justus family, M. Novius Justus, who were a prominent family of lamp-makers in the 1st and 2nd centuries. Large numbers of lamps bearing this signature have been found in North Africa, with the workshop believed to have been situated in El Djem, Tunisia. Maker’s marks and stamps decline in use from the third quarter of the 2nd century. Lamps themselves also tend to be inferior in quality compared to their 1st century counterparts, so a signature of pride seemed unnecessary.