Vintage Vendors Antique Store is home to the now famous display cabinet and pareidolia phenomenon. What is interesting about the piece is people's interpretation of the natural pattern of the wood grain on the door, which to many has a striking resemblance to that of The Virgin Mary.
Another interesting fact about the cabinet is that if the door is removed and turned upside down the image can be interpreted in the same way.
We posted pictures of the cabinet on Facebook in September 2019 and the response has been amazing ever since, with the post being viewed over 25,000 times and the story has been published by several national and international newspapers. Many have left comments agreeing that the resemblance is striking. We have had plenty visitors call to view the cabinet in person and while not everyone can see the resemblance, the vast majority can. When a statue of “Our Lady of Lourdes” was offered up for comparison the resemblance is undeniable.
While the pattern is formed by natural woodgrain, how people interpret the pattern is known as Pareidolia. Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon that causes people to see patterns in a random stimulus. This often leads to people assigning human characteristics to objects.
We know little enough as to the origins of the cabinet other than that it is an Edwardian mahogany display cabinet c. 1910 - 1915 stamped Greenlands Ltd, Hereford England and that it came from a residence in Northern Ireland before being purchased by a Tralee man.
The cabinet has featured on RTE's show Today with Maura and Daithi, The Ray D'Arcy Show, Virgin Media's Gogglebox Ireland, RTE Drive Time, The 2FM Ray D'Arcy Show, News Talk, Radio Kerry, IRadio, Beat 102 - 103, Today FM, Kerry's Eye, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Sun, The Irish Daily Star and The Irish Post UK.
Virgin Mary antique cabinet at Vintage Vendors antique store Tralee.
Ray D'arcy Show - October 12th 2019
Gogglebox Ireland - October 16th 2019