Replica of the Anubis Wall Relief Plaque of the Temple of Abydos, Egypt. Dynasty XIX, 1300 B.C. Anubis, God of the Dead, represented with a head of a jackal or simply as a jackal opened the road to the other world and presided over embalmment. After a funeral, Anubis would take the deceased by the hand and introduce him into the presence of the sovereign judges where the soul of the deceased would be weighed. Anubis was the Guardian of Offerings brought to the ceremony by heirs of the deceased and he also guarded the mummy from evil forces in the night. When the body was embalmed, a priest wearing a jackal mask acted as a Anubis representative. He also was the guardian of the Sacred Esoteric Mysteries. Makes a wonderful gift for the lover of Egyptian art.