Black-glazed ceramic production began in Italy in the 4th Century B.C. in imitation of Attic pottery. The so-called Malacena workshops of Volterra produced the most elegant Etruscan black-glazed ware. Such vessels were highly sought after and were exported to many centres in Etruria where they were destined mainly for the luxury market. For similar cf. E. Goring, Treasures from Tuscany: The Etruscan Legacy, Edinburgh, 2006, no. 262.