Jia'ao (Chinese: 郟敖, died 541 BC) was from 544 to 541 BC the king of Chu, a major power during the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China. Born Xiong Yuan (Chinese: 熊員), he succeeded his father King Kang of Chu who died in 545 BC.[1]

Xiong Yuan
King of Chu
Reign544–541 BC
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Posthumous name

Jia'ao's uncle Prince Wei served as his prime minister. In 541 BC when Jia'ao was ill, Prince Wei murdered him and his two sons Xiong Mu and Xiong Pingxia, and usurped the throne. Prince Wei was later given the pejorative posthumous title King Ling of Chu.[1]


  1. ^ a b Sima Qian. "楚世家 (House of Chu)". Records of the Grand Historian (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
 Died: 541 BC
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Preceded by King of Chu
544–541 BC
Succeeded by