Ife uncovered by The British Museum Professor John Picton and metallurgist Paul Craddock discuss the meaning and the making of the sculptures in the exhibition Kingdom of Ife sculptures from West Africa. © Trustees of the British Museum. Created by British Museum. Little was known of the Ife civilization—that is until seventeen cast bronze heads were found by chance. Cite this page as: The British Museum, "Ife uncovered," in Smarthistory, September 19, 2016, accessed August 1, 2021, https://smarthistory.org/ife-uncovered/.