Xiao Yi of Shang

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Xiao Yi 小乙
King of Shang dynasty
Full name
Posthumous name
Xiao Yi (小乙)

Xiao Yi (Chinese: 小乙) was a Shang dynasty King of China.

In the Records of the Grand Historian he was listed by Sima Qian as the twenty-first Shang king, succeeding his older brother Xiao Xin. He was enthroned with Yin as his capital. In the sixth year of his reign he ordered his son Wu Ding to live at He (Chinese: ) and study at Ganpan (Chinese: 甘盘). He ruled for 10 years, was given the posthumous name Xiao Yi and was succeeded by his son.[1][2][3]

Oracle script inscriptions on bones unearthed at Yinxu alternatively record that he was the twentieth Shang king.[2][3]


  1. ^ Bai, Shouyi (2002). An Outline History of China. Beijing: Foreign Language Press. ISBN 7-119-02347-0. 
  2. ^ a b "The Shang Dynasty Rulers". China Knowledge. Retrieved August 7, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Shang Kingship And Shang Kinship" (PDF). Indiana University. Retrieved August 7, 2007. [dead link]
Xiao Yi of Shang
Preceded by
Xiao Xin
King of China Succeeded by
Wu Ding