Weeping Zeus

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WEEPING ZEUS
Venue: Cranbrook House & Gardens
Location: The Mountain (south end of the Cranbrook House courtyard)

If you step on the right stone at his base, Zeus will shoot water out of his eyes!

The Weeping Zeus bust was purchased by Henry Scripps Booth in 1960 at an auction from Mansion House in Scotland, where it had served for over 100 years as a decorative feature. Carved of Carrara marble in Italy in the early 19th century, it is a possible copy of Otricoli Zeus which was found in a town by that name north of Rome and is now in the Vatican Museum. His eyes were drilled out to add water works to the piece. This was done at the direction of Henry Booth, the youngest son of George and Ellen Booth.