White Borzoi Brooch. The borzoi, also known as the Russian wolfhound, was popular with the Russian aristocracy. A high-quality brooch painted in Mstera. Elaborate freehand gold border ornamentation. With the classic embedded safety pin closure on the back, which dates it to around 1991 or earlier. This one has the initials of the artist, "The Borzoi" and Mstera in Russian on the back. Papier-mache, tempera paints, gold paints, clear lacquer. 2" diameter. 1 only. Gift boxed.