Anubis was originally an Egyptian god of the underworld, but became associated specifically with the embalming process and funeral rites. I really like the robotic design of this character as it moves away from most other conventions.
The ankh is the Egyptian hieroglyph representing the NH ˁ word, which means "life." It is an attribute of the Egyptian gods that can keep the loop, or wear one in each hand, arms crossed over the chest. This symbol was called crux ansata Latin ("ankh")