This egg is one of several Fabergé created on the theme of the hen and her egg. The outside is covered in translucent strawberry-red enamel. The only decoration is an ornamental gold ring that encircles the whole egg.
The surprise is an enameled gold hen, painted in realistic colors, and with diamonds for eyes. The yolk in which the hen lies is made of suede.
The "Scandinavian Egg" was rediscovered in 1980 in a bank safe in Oslo belonging to Maria Quisling, who died that same year. She was the widow of Vidkun Quisling who was the son of Jon Quisling. Jon - who was a major in the Norwegian Army - had probably acquired the egg when he was working as a Military Attaché in St. Petersburg in 1918 and 1919.
This egg can now be found in Viktor Vekselberg's collection.