The Roman author Pliny mentioned a statue of Venus bathing herself by the famous sculptor Doidalsas. During the Roman period, artists produced numerous copies of a statue of a naked crouching Venus, which presumably all derived from the same model. Given these two pieces of evidence, scholars have interpreted Pliny's mention as referring to an original statue of Venus crouching in her bath that no longer survives but served as a model for the Roman copies. Unfortunately, the Latin text of Pliny is unclear at this point, and the actual reading of the name and the attribution of this group of crouching Venus statues are controversial.