Vase with God N
Cylindrical polychrome vase (orange, red, black) decorated with two images of God N (Pahuahtuns) on a red background. Both images show what appear to be wrinkles and characteristics of old men, have a conch shell on the back and wear headdresses, earrings and necklaces. Two bands with chevron designs, below rim and over the base.
In the Maya worldview, both the heavens and the earth were supported by "carriers", being the Bacabs (or Bacauob) the carriers of the earth plane (represented as old gods with a tortoise shell) and the Pawahtuns (or Pawahtunob) the carriers of heaven (represented as old gods emerging from snail shells). However, the carriers of heaven and earth could be represented either with turtle or snail traits.
Both turtles and snails are associated with rebirth; the turtle shell being a metaphor for the land that separates the sky from the underworld. Snails, on the other hand, usually give shape to God N, and because of their association to water and their coiled shape, have connotations of fertility and rebirth.