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Overseer of the Hunters (ancient Egyptian: ỉmy-r grg.w) or for wildfowl hunting in particular Overseer of the Fowlers was an ancient Egyptian occupational title held by a high official who was in charge of hunting wild animals to provide food for a specific palace or temple domain.

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Besides being an occupation to acquire food, hunting was also a recreational activity for the ancient Egyptian elite. For the Pharaoh, the hunting of dangerous animals such as lions and hippos had a symbolic meaning of prevailing over chaos.

Wildfowl hunting[]

Judging from the many tomb reliefs, the most frequently hunted animals were wildfowls. The chief of these fowlhunters or fowlers held the title Overseer of the Fowlers (ancient Egyptian: ỉmy-r sḫtyw). Geese and ducks were probably the favorite birds in ancient Egyptian dishes. The ducks and geese usually adorned the tables of kings, priests, and the elite, be it broiled, or grilled. Besides hunting, the ancient Egyptian also domesticated fowls for food, which can be seen in tomb reliefs as well.

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